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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- Fall '07
- Sociology, Irwin, rabble class