Uneven Business: Privatisation of Immigration Detention in Europe

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    Michael Flynn and Matthew Flynn

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From the United Kingdom’s privatisation of the management of its entire immigration detention estate to Germany’s decision to keep all detention facilities in official hands and France’s employment of private non-profit groups in its centres de retention administrative, Europe reflects the gamut of policy responses to the growth of the immigration control industry. In this chapter for the 2018 Routledge volume Privatising Punishment in Europe?, edited by Tom Daems and Tom Vander Baken, the GDP’s Executive Director Michael Flynn, Contributing Researcher Matthew B. Flynn, and Eryn Wagnon detail the variety of levels and forms of privatisation adopted by several EU Member States in this area of immigration policy, as well as the challenges that the outsourcing of immigration controls posits. More information about Privatising Punishment in Europe? is available here.

Table of Contents

1.Privatising punishment in Europe? An agenda for research and policy (Tom Daems and Tom Vander Beken)

2.Privatizing criminal justice: An historical analysis of entrepreneurship and innovation (Malcolm M. Feeley)

3.Privatization of punishment in Poland (Krzysztof Krajewski)

4.Privatization of punishment in Belgium (Danique Gudders and Tom Daems)

5. Privatising probation in England and Wales: Manufacturing a crisis to create a market? (Lol Burke)

6. French probation and prisoner resettlement: Involuntary ‘privatisation’ and corporatism (Martine Herzog-Evans)

7. Electronically monitoring offenders as ‘coercive connectivity’: Commerce and penality in surveillance capitalism (Mike Nellis)

8.Uneven business: Privatization of immigration detention in Europe (Michael Flynn, Matthew B. Flynn and Eryn Wagnon)

9.What is lost when punishment is privatized? (Lucia Zedner)