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NCJ Number: 10897 Find in a Library
Title: POLITICS OF PUNISHMENT - A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF PRISONS IN AMERICA
Author(s): E O WRIGHT
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 363
Sponsoring Agency: Harper and Row
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: U
Sale Source: Harper and Row
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: OBSERVATIONS, INTERVIEWS, AND INMATE NARRATIVES CENTERING ON TWO BROAD ISSUES - THE INTERNAL OPERATION OF PRISONS, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF PRISONS TO SOCIETY AT LARGE.
Abstract: THREE INTERRELATED THEMES ARE EXPLORED IN THE DISCUSSION OF PRISON INTERNAL OPERATIONS. REHABILITATION IS SEEN AS A DEVICE USED BY PRISON ADMINISTRATORS TO MANIPULATE AND CONTROL PRISON POPULATIONS. THE AUTHOR EXAMINES THE DISCRETIONARY POWER HELD BY PRISON OFFICIALS AND HOW ITS MISUSE LEADS TO CONDITIONS OF LAWLESSNESS AND TOTALITARIANISM. PRISONERS' RESPONSES TO PRISON CONDITIONS ARE PRESENTED IN THE WORDS OF INMATES AT SAN QUENTIN AND SOLEDAD AND THROUGH THE AUTHOR'S OBSERVATIONS MADE PRIMARILY AT SAN QUENTIN. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT ARE ANALYZED AS HAVING POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH AND POWER, PATTERNS OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO VARIOUS SOCIAL GROUPS, AND STABILITY OF THE EXISTING SOCIAL ORDER. DIRECT PRISONER ACTION, LEGISLATIVE REFORM, AND COURT ACTION ARE DISCUSSED AS APPROACHES TO CHALLENGING THE CURRENT SYSTEM. HOWEVER, THE AUTHOR STRESSES THE ULTIMATE NEED TO RESTRUCTURE FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY BEFORE PRISONS CAN BE SIGNIFICANTLY HUMANIZED. PART OF THE MATERIAL IS BY CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS.
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Effects of imprisonment; Inmate discipline; Inmate grievances; Inmate personal security; Inmate staff relations; Inmate statistics; Morale; Prison disorders; Prisoner's rights; Punishment; Riot causes; Violence
Note: HV9471.W75
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