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For the prison administrator, whether s/he be warden, sociologist, or psychiatrist, “individualized treatment” is primarily a device for breaking the convict’s will to resist and hounding him into compliance with institution demands, and is thus a means of exerting maximum control over the convict population. The cure will be deemed effective to the degree that the poor/young/brown/black captive appears to have capitulated to his middle class/white/middle-aged captor, and to have adopted the virtues of subservience to authority, industry, cleanliness, docility.
—  Jessica Mitford | Kind & Unusual Punishment