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NCJ Number: 76525 Find in a Library
Title: Standards of Living in Penal Institutions (From Crime and Capitalism, P 395-409, 1981, David F Greenberg, ed. - See NCJ-76520)
Author(s): H Schwendinger; J R Schwendinger
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Mayfield Publishing Co
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Sale Source: Mayfield Publishing Co
285 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Prisoner protests over correctional facility living conditions are discussed and the causes of substandard prison living conditions are examined and related to Marxist class struggle theory.
Abstract: Protests over living conditions in prisons have been widespread, and have occurred in States such as California where the government spends considerable effort on innovative correctional programs. In part, these conditions are the result of the evolution of the corrections system as a punishment mechanism. Also, prisons are used primarily to incarcerate working class offenders from the lower strata of society. The concept of just deserts as punishment for crimes mandates that prisoners be supported at a level lower than that which they could expect in free society. Since the vast majority of prisoners live under substandard conditions when free, the corrections system subjects them to even lower standards as part of the punishment process. Notes and 24 references are included.
Index Term(s): Capitalism; Correctional facilities; Corrections effectiveness; Facility conditions; Inmate grievances; Punishment; Social classes
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