Who Should Go to Prison

  • Norval Morris
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 1)


The question of who should go to prison is a serious one, of course, but occasionally it has its lighter side. Not long ago, Chicago heralded the opening of a new jail which is in the modern pattern: a 26-story triangular concrete structure, housing, in relative comfort, people awaiting trial and others undergoing short-term punishment. The decor is “prison stark.” The security system is controlled by computer, federal prison administrators having decided apparently that man is fallible but the computer is not. The computer system controls the elevators in such a way that two elevators cannot arrive at the same level together and that the same weight of person must get out the elevator as got into it, lest an alarm bell ring. It is supposedly foolproof and all very complicated.


Criminal Justice System Prison Population Maximum Punishment Victimless Crime Mandatory Minimum Sentence 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norval Morris
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  1. 1.University of Chicago Law SchoolChicagoUSA

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