- Paperback: 373 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (August 12, 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394710932
- ISBN-13: 978-0394710938
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is clear from the book that Mitford is making a case for prison reform at the very least and total abolition of the prisons at the most. As she mentioned in the book, prisons were made for deterring, rehabilitating and protecting the public. She also mentioned that at one time the prisons were also for punishment but they dropped that from their noblest of goals. It was clear then as it is now that prisons fail to deter crime and they definitely don't rehabilitate. Just about the only thing that prisons do is protect the public.
Jessica brings up some compelling arguments and indefatigable statistics, but in the end the question will always be: What is our alternative? The public has a right to be protected from loose cannons and truthfully, many of the criminals deserved to be punished. I definitely liked the book and I think Mitford, at the very least, should be commended for her extensive research and presenting of the facts. This book is a very good look inside an ugly place.
Oh yes! The title! If it is legal punishment under the constitution it must be "Kind and Usual" because the other kind is unconstitutional.