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All-foreign prisons in the United States, England and Wales, and Norway: Related logics and local expressions

Tuck, R. H., Damsa, D. & Kullman, E. (2022). All-foreign prisons in the United States, England and Wales, and Norway: Related logics and local expressions. Theoretical Criminology, 26(4), pp. 557-579. doi: 10.1177/13624806221116092


Norway, England and Wales, and the USA are among a small number of affluent Western countries to establish ‘all-foreign’ prisons in response to public concerns about the growing threat of foreign-national prisoners. Drawing on collaborative analysis of empirical data collected at all-foreign prisons in these three countries, this article traces the conditions in which all-foreign prisons emerged, the position and function of all-foreign prisons in specific national systems of criminal justice and immigration control, and the operation of all-foreign prisons within each context. The article points to a shared logic, while drawing attention to the local expressions of bordered penality.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Publisher Keywords: bordered penality, crimmigration prison, foreign nationals, gender, penal populism, racialization, welfare chauvinism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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