bigthink.com -- And when integration of the races did go through over their objections and those Southern conservatives were defeated, they retreated to criminal justice as a way—and law enforcement, in particular, as a way to kind of police this incipient social order that they feared and had fought against.And so the very jurisdictions I found that had fought against desegregation most vociferously have become the nation’s most vigorous jailers. And it’s sort of as if we’ve institutionalized the view of Texas’ U.S. Senator Joseph Bailey who once said that, “Hey, I want to treat the negro fairly as long as he behaves himself. And if he doesn’t, I want to drive him from this country.”
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