Rusche, Georg, and Otto Kirchheimer

This research builds on a Marxian theoretical foundation laid in the 1930s by Rusche and Kirchheimer (Rusche 1978; Rusche and Kirchheimer 1968), who argued that the function of prisons in capitalist societies is to manage surplus labor.

Historical contingency in the Rusche‐Kirchheimer hypothesis

For example, in 1939 Rusche andKirchheimer wrote a very important book showing that the systems ofimprisonment throughout history were simply reflections of the economicsystems that existed at given times.


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Rusche and Otto Kirchheimer.

Most results confirm the expected 1930s by Rusche and Kirchheimer (Rusche association (Chiricos and DeLone 1992), and 1978; Rusche and Kirchheimer 1968), who many scholars believe the "Rusche-argued that the function of prisons in capitalist Kirchheimer hypothesis " (henceforward RK) is amply supported.