Managing the Underclass in american society
Publication Year: 1985
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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...interest in the prison but have almost completely ignored the jail. SinceJohn Howard's historic report on English jails, The State of the Prisonsin England and Wales (1777), there have been perhaps a dozen otherreports (most of which are listed in the bibliography), whereas thereare hundreds of studies on the prison. The opposite focus is more ap-...
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...partment made it possible for me to study the San Francisco jails. For-mer Sheriff Richard Hongisto had created prisoner services, throughwhich I was admitted into the jail. Guy Crouch, who was the directorof prisoner services when I began my research, actually accepted meinto prisoner services, which gained my clearance at the jail. Many...
1 Managing Rabble
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...entry into the criminal justice system. It is the place where arrestedpersons are booked and where they are held for their court appearancesif they cannot arrange bail. It is also the city or county detention facilityfor persons serving misdemeanor sentences, which in most states can-not exceed one year. The prison, on the other hand, is a state or federal...
2 Who Is Arrested?
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...arrested, booked, and held in jail are not charged with serious crimes.They are charged with petty ones or with behavior that is no crime atall. And the jail, unlike the prison, has little to do with serious crime.Its primary purpose is to receive and hold persons because they are"offensive." These conclusions are based on an analysis of two sam-...
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...the jail, their obvious intention is that the "offenders" be held there,tried for their crimes, and then, if found guilty, punished. This is theofficial purpose of jailing people. But the jail—like most public insti-tutions—has other unstated purposes as well, and these often produceTo understand fully the jail's purposes, we must keep in mind that it...
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...jail often produces a profound state of internal disorganization and de-moralization. This state is the opposite of "having it together," a pop-ular metaphor for an internal discipline, a spirit, and a set of habits thatequip persons to cope with the complexities of modern society. (Onecan be anxious, neurotic, or even borderline psychotic and still "have...
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...treatment required to introduce them to the jail and hold them there.They are impersonally and systematically degraded by every step inthe criminal justice process, from arrest through detention to court ap-pearance. They are also degraded personally by the hostility and con-tempt directed at them by police officers, deputies, and other criminal...
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...controlling the rabble, the jail also supports and maintains the rabbleclass. For the rabble, it is a meeting house, a place where they find newfriends and reconnect with old ones who share common goals and in-terests. It is a convalescent center, a place where the ailing and tiredamong them can rest, heal, and ready themselves for another effort at...
7 Rabble, Crime, and the Jail
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...made many recommendations for diminishing the worst effects of thejail. They have suggested that a high percentage of the jail's intakepopulation could be eliminated through decriminalization. AccordingDecriminalization does not imply social approval of conduct previouslydefined as criminal. It simply asserts what has become historically evi-...
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Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 1985