Response#13_LSJ_375 - However before following Irwin’s...

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Response: Rabble, Crime, and the Jail Large urban jails operate to control a sect of individuals whose lifestyles have been labeled by our society as undesirable. Irwin argues that because these social institutions were invented to control rabble, they self generate social deviance in a cyclical fashion. He maintains that this social deviance is created through a process of disintegration, disorientation, degradation, and preparation. Individuals exposed to the social effects of the jail culture are rapidly reprogrammed and thereby inducted into the rabble class. Irwin maintains that reform of our jails requires that we either reduce the size of the rabble class or “abandon our self serving fictions about crime and deviance.” Irwin presents a well supported leftist argument for jail reform and accordingly personifies criminal behavior as the societal victim.
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Unformatted text preview: However, before following Irwin’s concepts for improvement it is important to note the methodology behind low level incarceration. The intent behind imprisonment and the rabble class is simple dissuasion. These institutions and their dispensed punishment are intended to dissuade low level offenders from unacceptable social activities. Unlike prisons, they are not meant to serve as correctional facilities for serious criminals. Thus, the difficult, confusing and degrading process that Irwin describes is intended to be a form of punishment . If we modify current laws that prohibit social behaviors with the goal of reducing the rabble class, we begin to unravel the social intent of law. If you legalize narcotic distribution, why not also legalize assault or homicide....
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