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Our Penal Machinery by John P Altgeld

Our Penal Machinery

by John P Altgeld

Publication: Jansen, McClurg, & Company, 1884, Chicago

First edition. 8 7/8" x 6" in gray printed wrappers. 118 pp., preface, contents. An essay arguing that rather than reform criminals, incarceration produced hardened criminals. Chapters containing information on number of arrests, number of individuals in jails, number of penitentiaries, how dependents of criminals are affected, number of men employed in prisons and the cost of doing so, what types of people are arrested to include offenders' occupations of both men and women, their ages, their parentage, home influences, habits, repeaters, the effects of imprisonment, punishments and how indiscriminate fining leads to no good, inequality of sentences, prison labor, earnings and cost of prisoners, etc. Wrappers lightly soiled and with minor chipping to top of spine as well as light wear to the extremities. Very good. A very interesting book.

Inventory Number: 39120

$195.00