By Erik Olin Wright
The publication revolves round huge concerns: the inner operation of prisons within the usa and the political truth of prisons with recognize to society at huge. yes chapters talk about those matters in theoretical phrases; others are descriptive and urban. i've got tried to build a booklet so that it will be worthwhile either to scholars who're int he conceptual problems with punishment and to basic readers who're extra drawn to studying approximately what is going on within American prisons.
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Still, it could be argued that even for the poor and downtrodden the fear of punishment is not an effective deterrent. T h e fact that each year approximately 30 percent of all young black m e n have a serious encounter w i t h the c r i m i n a l justice system could be interpreted as indicating an utter failure of the prison and other forms of punishment as c r i m e deterrents. This, however, assumes that the only issue involved in deterrence is simply whether or not to commit a crime. Of even greater significance is the question of w h i c h c r i m e s a n i n d i v i d u a l c o m m i t s .
T h e fact remains that in retail establishments internal theft averages out to an unevenly distributed five to eight per cent of the typical employee's s a l a r y . " S i m i larly, in the case of tax evasion, the threat of punishment obviously does not deter many people from cheating on their i n come tax; but it does keep the level of cheating w i t h i n tolerable limits. W h i l e people w i l l illegally exaggerate their tax deductions, they rarely exaggerate t h e m to the point where they pay no tax at all.
A prisoner w i t h an indeterminate sentence is ostensibly released w h e n he is " r e h a b i l i t a t e d " rather than w h e n 2 2. F o r an excellent discussion of the history of the i n d e t e r m i n a t e sentence in C a l i f o r n i a , see S h e l d o n M e s s i n g e r , "Strategies o f C o n t r o l " ( u n p u b l i s h e d P h . D .