The Jail: Managing The Underclass In American Society

The-Jail-Managing-The-Underclass-In-American-Society Author John Irwin
Isbn 978-0520277342
File size 42.3 MB
Year 2013
Pages 176
Language English
File format PDF
Category Politics and Sociology

Book Description:

Combining extensive interviews with his own experience as an inmate, John Irwin constructs a powerful and graphic description of the big-city jail. Unlike prisons, which incarcerate convicted felons, jails primarily confine arrested persons not yet charged or convicted of any serious crime. Irwin argues that rather than controlling the disreputable, jail disorients and degrades these people, indoctrinating new recruits to the rabble class. In a forceful conclusion, Irwin addresses the issue of jail reform and the matter of social control demanded by society. Reissued more than twenty years after its initial publication with a new foreword by Jonathon Simon, The Jail remains an extraordinary account of the role jails play in America’s crisis of mass incarceration.


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