The Culture of Urban Control

The Culture of Urban Control : Jail Overcrowding in the Crime Control Era

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Through an analysis of a federal consent decree and media representation related to overcrowding within the largest single-site jail facility in the United States, the incarceration binge of the 1990's is explored at the local level in The Culture of Urban Control: Jail Overcrowding in the Crime Control Era. Analysis of jail conditions, expansion, the inmate experience and changing correctional populations provide a narrative of the culture of control within the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, more

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  • Hardback | 198 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739174649
  • 9780739174647

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As a timely addition to the legacy of John Irwin, The Culture of Urban Control offers an in-depth-and sophisticated-snapshot of jail overcrowding in Chicago. With a critical eye on the conditions of confinement, litigation, and the media, Dr. Walsh delivers a complex picture of current penal reform. -- Michael Welch, Rutgers University Although neglected by criminologists, the jail plays a crucial role in shaping urban communities, and none more so than the massive and storied Cook County Jail in Chicago. John Walsh's fascinating analysis therefore makes a welcome contribution to the criminology of social control. -- Shadd Maruna, Queen's University Belfast Peppered through this account are glimmers of light revealing what happens within the day-to-day working of the Cook County criminal justice system, what occurred among the various stakeholders associations with problems typical of large urban criminal justice systems, and what resulted from judicial and other efforts to ameliorate and resolve disputes affecting the operations and outcomes of Chicago's jail. A 'prospector' digging for 'gold' will find some within these pages...[T]he author's focus on an urban jail, [is]valuable, and should be worthy of starting a broader conversation about the role and operation of jails. The ICCA Journalshow more

About John P. Walsh

John P. Walsh is assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University. His research interests include the reciprocal relationship between communities and the criminal justice system. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Walsh has also served as a Chicago Police Officer and as a policy analyst with the Cook County Sheriff's more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Tables and Figures Introduction Chapter 1: From Past to Present: Correctional System Overcrowding and Institutional Reform Chapter 2: Conditions of Confinement: The Social Reality of the Jail Inmate Chapter 3: The City within the City: Altering Population and Space Chapter 4: Expanding the Jail into the Community: Growth, Development, and Mutual Interest Chapter 5: Constructing the Jail within Local Media: Presenting Expansion to the Public Chapter 6: The Politics of Local Level Punishments: Presiding over the Culture of Control Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index About the Authorshow more