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Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284173

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284173.001.0001

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Administrative Consistency, Downstream Consequences, and “Knuckleheads”

Administrative Consistency, Downstream Consequences, and “Knuckleheads”

(p.130) Chapter 6 Administrative Consistency, Downstream Consequences, and “Knuckleheads”
Appealing to Justice

Kitty Calavita

Valerie Jenness

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on correctional staff as organizational actors who share institutional loyalties and a commitment to carceral logic but who hold different positions in the organization and are thus oriented differently vis-à-vis the incarceration/rights tension. Drawing from the scholarship on administrative decision making, the chapter outlines the mechanisms that produce consistent denial decisions at all levels of appeal. Looking beyond this outcome consistency, the interviews with staff reveal conflict across ranks that occasionally erupts into name-calling. These conflicts are patterned, and this pattern provides insight into the dilemmas inherent in an organization that prioritizes the logic of incarceration but also must adhere to a rhetoric of rights.

Keywords:   organizational actors, institutional loyalties, carceral logic, administrative decision making, organizational dilemmas, rights rhetoric

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