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During this up to date new version, Rothman chronicles and examines incarceration of the felony, the deviant, and the established in U.S. society, with a spotlight on how and why those tools have endured and multiplied for over a century and a part, regardless of longstanding facts in their mess ups and abuses. a brand new epilogue, "The Crime of Punishment," written for this Aldine paperback version, assesses legal stipulations in the USA over the last 20 years and the more moderen failed makes an attempt to reform them.

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Failure to do good was one thing; a proclivity to do harm quite another -and yet the evidence was incontrovertible that brutality and corruption were endemic to the institutions. Nevertheless, despite the relative novelty of incarceration (the buildings, after all, were often only thirty to forty years old and many citizens might still remember opening ceremonies), and despite its many obvious abuses, very few observers, whether members of reform societies or of state legislatures, challenged the root principles of the system.

Rather, Elmira appeared to justify contentions that incarceration, properly redesigned, should remain at the center of the criminal justice system. Perhaps the most sustained and significant attack on the concept of institutionalization emerged in the field of insanity. In the 1870’s and 188oYs, leaders in the new discipline of neurology launched a major critique of medical superintendents and their 37 COPING WITH EVIL institutions that at times almost challenged the very idea of incarceration.

This sense of the institution as the lesser of possible evils constituted only one source of its legitimacy in the late nineteenth century. Reformers also expressed a very positive and enthusiastic commitment to the idea that prisons and asylums could accomplish rehabilitation and cure. The prospect of doing good, not merely the desire to avoid greater harm, ultimately bound another generation of well-meaning observers to the practice of incarceration. A keen optimism about the penitentiary’s ability to rehabilitate the criminal continued to dominate the thinking of the prison reformers in the post-Civil War period.

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