Jail : Managing the Underclass in American Society by John Irwin

By John Irwin

Combining huge interviews together with his personal event as an inmate, John Irwin constructs a robust and picture description of the big-city detention center. in contrast to prisons, which incarcerate convicted felons, jails essentially confine arrested folks no longer but charged or convicted of any severe crime. Irwin argues that instead of controlling the disreputable, detention center disorients and degrades those humans, indoctrinating new recruits to the rabble category. In a forceful end, Irwin addresses the difficulty of detention center reform and the problem of social keep watch over demanded via society. Reissued greater than 20 years after its preliminary booklet with a brand new foreword through Jonathon Simon, The prison remains a unprecedented account of the function jails play in America’s main issue of mass incarceration.

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Foote, "Vagrancy Type Law and Its Administration," p. 615) MANAGING RABBLE 7 executed. Incarceration was not used. 24 During the eighteenth century, however, members of other social classes, including thousands of transported disreputables, many of them convicts, poured in. Many towns and all cities constructed jails. Still, the threat of the rabble was not as great as it was in England, and so these early jails were small and much more humanely managed than England's. They were patterned after rooming houses, and the prisoners suffered no restrictions other than the confinement.

For example, the Las Vegas police went after street prostitutes in March 1981. "Almost 300 prostitutes were arrested and taken to jail during the first 48 hours of a police crack-down on Las Vegas Strip prostitution, Assistant Sheriff Jere Vanek said yesterday. .. ' " 43 In Miami in October I 982 the police swept the streets of derelicts before the arrival of a convention of travel agents. A newspaper reported: Like an anxious hostess sweeping dirt under the rug, Miami is whisking its unwanted derelicts into jail and out of sight of a convention of 6,000 travel agents.

One of the thirteen reported: "I was riding around with a friend and his car broke down. He got out to fix it, and across the street some guy ran away from an open car. We went over to look at it and were looking in the window when the cops pulled up. ) 14 MANAGING RABBLE Raids In addition to containing deviance within rabble zones and acceptable limits, police officers, particularly members of the vice squad, make raids into the zone to arrest particular individuals or types of disreputables. Raiding Tenderloin hotel rooms and apartments to capture persons involved in drugs is the most common form of raid in San Francisco.

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