Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science in the City of New York Volume . 4

Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science in the City of New York Volume . 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...be under the joint supervision of the state prison and highway departments.1 Primarily the workmen are prisoners; they should be in charge of prison representatives to whom belongs the responsibility for proper work and discipline as much as when within the penitentiary 1 See state histories supra, pp. 17-39. walls. At the same time the construction is a part of the state road work and since the highway department provides the funds, it should provide the supervision under a competent representative to see that the construction is carried on economically and scientifically. The guards then become foremen, directing the workmen under the superintendence of the state's engineer. These two phases of authority need not conflict, inasmuch as the duties are quite separate. The attitude would be one of cooperation rather than antagonism, since the end of usefulness and economy is common to both. A similar arrangement exists in all municipal contract work, where the city or state engineer directs the work of the contractor. Attempts have been made to combine these two duties by stipulating that the prison "guard" shall be a "competent road builder." Such a requirement is difficult to meet. Practical roadmen have few aspirations to become penitentiary guards, and guards have not had experience in highway construction. Moreover, the salary is not usually enough to attract good men. The state, however, employs competent road engineers. It has a definite system for its work and definite standards of construction. The prison organization is also satisfactory. By thus combining the two there is no reason why good results should not be obtained. This plan has already proved satisfactory and is recommended for future use. In various states...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236552695
  • 9781236552693