Exploring the Illusion of "Get Tough" Super Punitive Social Control Strategies and Their Covert Erosion of Individual Rights and Social Control Standards in a Free, Open, Democratic Society: A Critical Assessment

H. James McGaha, Cleveland Capital University

ABSTRACT
COMMENCING LAT E IN THE 1970'S AND CONTINUING TODAY AMERICA HAS ENGAGED IN A CRESCIVE DRACONIAN SOCIAL CONTROL BING UNDER THE "GET TOUGH" RUBIC. TO PURGE "SIN," "EVIL," DELINQUENCY, CRIME AND VIOLENCE THREATS TO MORALS, PEOPLE, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE THROUGH PUNISHMENT WE HAVE CREATED LEGIONS OF HARSHLY PUNITIVE STRATEGIES, E.G., "THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT," "WAR ON DRUG," REGISTRATION OF EX-OFFENDERS, BOOT CAMPS, FORFEITURE LAWS, PREVENTATIVE DETENTION ( EVEN FOR JUVENILES), UNPRECEDENTED USE OF INCARCERATION, AND EXPANSION OF THE DEATH PENALTY.



CRITICAL ANALYSIS SUGGESTS WIDESPREAD PRAISE BY PUNITIVE CONTROL ADVOCATES OBSCURES MINIMAL TO NO-EFFECT ON SERIOUS DELINQUENCY, CRIME, AND VIOLENCE. ALSO MASKED IS RESULTING ALARMING EROSION OF U.S. STRUCTURE OF RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES ALONG WITH FUNDAMENTALS OF OUR SOCIAL CONTROL FRAME ( SUCH AS DUE PROCESS) WHICH IS THE NARROW "HEDGE " SEPARATING AMERICA'S LEGAL SYSTEM FROM BARBARIANS. EQUALLY IMPORTANT, SHROUDED INDICATORS SUGGEST APART FROM OSTENSIBLE PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES DRACONIAN STRATEGIES SERVE PERCEIVED BEST INTERESTS OF PREVAILING POWER STRUCTURE ACROSS SOCIETY ANENT CONTROLLING LOWR CLASSES.





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