Studies in History, Economics and Public Law Volume 90

Studies in History, Economics and Public Law Volume 90

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...volume, and at the reformatories the maintenance labor required is supplemented by formal trade training. The impression exists that, because the abolition of contract labor has on the whole reduced the amount of employment available to prisoners, therefore the period during which contract labor prevailed represented a full day's work for each available inmate. Such, however, was not the case. There were many instances where contractors could not be found for all the prisoners, and while some groups were overworked by the speed and pressure exerted by contractors, other groups in the same institution were completely idle. Occasionally, especially in years following financial crises, we find some of the county penitentiaries reporting great difficulty in obtaining any bids for contracts. From the standpoint of the imperative necessity of keeping prisoners at work, that system of labor would have to be considered the most successful under which plenty of labor was available for all, but without excessive pressure. It would mean a system, moreover, independent of fluctuations. It would have to provide employment all the year round and should be free from the necessity of employing a large number of expert instructors. It should not require a long period of training on the part of the prisoner so that he might soon after his admission become a valuable worker. Fluctuations in the supply of employment in prisons have come from two different sources--those in the industrial and financial world, which determined the market and the prices of commodities manufactured and those depending upon the season of the year. The former have taken place from time to time in industries such as furniture, shoe making, hat making etc., the latter have more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687336X
  • 9781236873361