The 's Discipline And Punish

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In Focult’s “Discipline and Punish” (1977), he stated that laws were made for the rich to serve their needs. Its applicability and the way it’s administered and enforced caters to the rich and not the poor (Foucault, 1995). When crimes are committed by the rich, they have an arsenal of attorneys who are able to keep them from jail in addition to keeping the information away from the media. The poor do not have the luxury of retaining adequate representation. Inequalities do not end with once a guilty verdict is delivered. They continue on through the penalty phase as lower class citizens are processed through the penal system. The incarceration rates of those in the lower socioeconomic class have increased significantly over recent years. Most of the increase in attributed to the war on drugs policies, three strikes legislation and mandatory minimum sentences. This mass incarceration has resulted in an increase of the prison population by over 400 percent, up to 751 per 100,000 in 2006, the highest rate in the world since 2002 (Wakefield & Uggen, 2010). Legal policies and legislations are the only reason for the increase in incarceration rates. Behavioral differences and unequal targeting also account for the disparities. Research has also shown how the rich and powerful use their power to support the social inequalities of punitive laws (Tonry & Melewski, 2008). Literature Review Overall, the studies conducted on inequality between the rich and the
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