By Jeffrey S. Hardy
In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy finds how the tremendous Soviet penal procedure was once reimagined and reformed within the wake of Stalin's dying. Hardy argues that penal reform within the Fifties was once a major pastime meant to rework the Gulag right into a humane establishment that reeducated criminals into sincere Soviet electorate. less than the management of Minister of inner Affairs Nikolai Dudorov, a Khrushchev appointee, this force to alter the Gulag right into a "progressive" approach the place criminals have been reformed via a mix of schooling, vocational education, leniency, activity, hard work, cultural courses, and self-governance was once either honest and not less than partly potent.
The new imaginative and prescient for the Gulag confronted many hindrances. Reeducation proved tricky to quantify, a significant legal responsibility in a statistics-obsessed kingdom. The entrenched conduct of Gulag officers and the prisoner-guard energy dynamic mitigated the impact of the post-Stalin reforms. And the Soviet public by no means absolutely accredited the recent guidelines of leniency and the humane remedy of criminals. within the overdue Fifties, they joined with a coalition of social gathering officers, criminologists, procurators, newspaper newshounds, and a few penal directors to rally round the slogan “The camp isn't a inn” and succeeded in reimposing harsher stipulations for inmates. by means of the mid-1960s the Soviet Gulag had emerged as a hybrid method cast from the previous Stalinist procedure, the imaginative and prescient promoted via Khrushchev and others within the mid-1950s, and the resultant counterreform stream. This new penal equilibrium mostly endured until eventually the autumn of the Soviet Union.
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