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  • adj. Of or pertaining to prison

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to a prison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to a prison: as, “carceral endurance,”


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Latin carcer ("a prison") +‎ -al (“of, pertaining to”). Compare incarcerate.


  • This is also called the carceral state — like a prison.


  • Marie Gottschalk describes how "women's organizations played a central role" in the dramatic rise of the "carceral" state.

    Sex Offender Issues

  • The Texas Control Model, eye-for-an-eye carceral paradigm that pummeled the rehabilitation movement in American prisons has bloody footprints leading all the way back to the plantation.

    Sam Slovick: Addicted to Incarceration

  • Thus, the carceral state carries deep implications for who is included and how they are included in the polity.

    How prisons make bad citizens

  • Which is to say, in the author's own words: "Neoliberal penality and its earlier iterations have fertilized the carceral sphere."

    Price And Punishment

  • Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison explores how the prison is merely the centerpiece of a much larger carceral system, and that our schools, factories, military barracks, churches, etc, are all based on these same architectural and philosophical principles.


  • In his book Discipline and Punish Foucault discusses the process by which the prison became the ideal form of punishment in western society and the way this relates to the development of a larger "carceral system" - that imprisons us all.

    Recommendations for Prison Reform

  • These underground biomes will shortly become carceral cities for the new breed of agricultural laborers.

    Cave Pharming

  • We will convene on the first day of the symposium with two panels focusing specifically on exploring the causes of the growth of the carceral state and growing racial disparities within it.

    The Problem of Punishment

  • They continue:The aim of this symposium, therefore, is to promote a serious, informed dialogue that will contribute to a growing national debate on the growth of the carceral state.

    The Problem of Punishment


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