Rhetorical Analysis Mortimer B. Zuckerman argues that we need to change the way our criminal justice system operates. He explains that there are more prisoners in a cell than the amount it was originally created for. Zuckerman also acknowledges the fact that incarceration rates are extremely high and that the vast majority of prisoners are nonviolent. The author believes that the way nonviolent criminals are dealt with today brings about negative consequences that could easily be avoided (Zuckerman). Zuckerman successfully convinces the reader that reform is needed in the criminal justice system by using several tactics such as eradicating common myths about incarceration, talking about the problem and solution while using logos, and appealing
Criminal is a powerful word. It is to showcase that one has done something wrong. One, who has not succeeded to stay within the laws. When comparing to the book The First Stone, Reef Kennedy had made a terrible mistake which had affected many others as well. As he spends more time at the North Hills Group Home and the rehabilitation centers it is helping Reef not to fall back into his original habits.
Though the prisoners are not there for a comfortable and enjoyable stay, ethical rights are being ignored. How can a someone carry out their sentence rightfully if the focus is taken away from them and put on the judgment of the courts and justice system? Prison overcrowding is without a doubt problematic and inhumane. The mandatory sentencing laws, lack of attention on
There are many instances, even today, where people are put in a controlled environment, and when they are released they are unaware of how to function normally in society. For example, many prisoners who are released after an extended period of time will commit the same crimes again to be sentenced again, because they know and understand the prison environment now more than they do societies. One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest shows just how difficult being thrown into a new environment can be not only on a person 's mental health, but also physical
Something will always need to be fixed in society because society is a reflection of us, and we are not perfect. Recently, there’s been many issues that have caught the attention of people living all across the world. Things such as police brutality, sexual assault in the workplace, and immigration law, just to name a few, but there’s also been an underlying issue that people are becoming more informed about, and that I believe matters - prison reform. Prison reform matters because in many instances, prisoners are treated inhumanely when they are locked up, and aren’t treated as humans when they have served their time. I believe we can bring about change in the prison system by changing the way we punish people who do commit crimes and focusing more on actual rehabilitation.
Alienation within a vast society creates a substantial gap between groups of people today. Particularly in the prison system, the prisoners themselves have become subject to isolation from the rest of the country’s free and interactive people, as well as its new ideas and cultural developments. In Theoretical Perspectives on Alienation in the Prison Society: An Empirical Test, author Charles W. Thomas describes how, upon entry, prisoners are rashly accused of attending the prison system on more than one occasion, and after, “they are stripped of personal possessions, individual decision-making prerogatives, many legal rights, and in short deprived of their identities as individuals.” In Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, Robert Neville’s alienation
Prisoner are used to punish criminals, it supposed to teach criminals about restraint. The phenomenon of restraint may seem good however, the lesson causes ex-convicts to lose perspective on daily life decision making and living. The transition from prisoner to a free member of society is a long road. Once prisoners become free they have many setbacks that are hard to overcome. While avoiding crimes is a big problem there are many others such as court fees, insurance, and broken bonds in their families.
The juvenile justice system in New Orleans is very complicated . Many unfair situations occur every day, the system is set up for juveniles to fail. The justice system for juveniles needs to be changed because they are put on trials as adults, they do not get the proper education that they need and it leads them to becoming real criminals. How is the juvenile “justice” system really justice towards the juveniles? Juveniles in the justice system need an alternative to incarceration because incarceration has been proven to increase criminal activity instead of providing a rehabilitation system for the juveniles.
The idea of imprisonment is so that after criminals are done with their personal sentence they will not want to go back into the system. “Unfortunately, research has consistently shown that time spent in prison does not successfully rehabilitate most inmates, and the majority of criminals return to a life of crime almost immediately (Vaccarello).” The judicial system is set up for humans to recommit crimes because they are not giving the proper rehabilitation while in prison. Rehabilitation can prevent recidivism, helps
What should persuade policymakers is that other approaches to improve public safety have so far failed. Many governments in the region have adapted “tough-on-crime” approaches based on punishment and segregation of specific groups of the population, which have done more harm than good. Instead of trying to address the root causes, governments lowered the age of penal responsibility, increased the severity of punishments and introduced changes in youth detention centers emphasizing police control and punishment over rehabilitation or education. Even with the best will in the world, Latin America’s traditional criminal justice institutions have been so beset by infrastructure problems that they have been unable to implement consistent policies, and they remain particularly ill-suited to address law and order challenges related to youth violence. Could improvements in education, particularly
Another component of the prison-industrial complex are courts. Our court system is overburdened with cases of poor people who cannot pay bail, as well as public defenders whose caseload are so large that it does not allow them to dedicate the proper amount of time to each case. Many times this results in a large number of public defenders pushing for defendants to take plea deals. This infringes on a defendant 's fifth amendment right to trial by jury (see appendix 1). Many of the people targeted by police for surveillance are those who later face time in court fighting for their freedom.
Punishment refers to a sanction that is enforced when a person commits a crime. In North Carolina, around 1990 punishment and/or rehabilitation under the courts system was entitled structured sentencing. This sentencing included community service, active sentences, or suspended sentences. Rehabilitation on the other hand can be defined as preparing an offender for reintegration back into society after a length of time in prison. Rehabilitation can be programs such as drug courts, education, and/or vocational skills, etc.
For centuries, the criminal justice system has continually evolved and adapted to society where its sole purpose has been to punish those that break the laws deemed to be uncivilized. By punishing criminals, it attempts to maintain peace and order in society so that chaos and anarchy does not run amok. The criminal justice system we have today is divided into three sections, each with different responsibilities to uphold. The police are in charge of investigating and capturing criminals, the courts are in charge with the decision of whether or not a crime has been committed and if the person should be charged, and the corrections system is responsible for making sure the punishment given by the court is carried out (Mallicoat 2017:4). By examining the two contrasting ideologies of the criminal justice system, crime control and due process, we can see that our criminal justice system is flawed in maintaining public order and protecting our rights.
The meaning of what a hero truly is or entities differ from person to person. Some people believe that a hero is someone that is supposed to help everyone at all times. Some believe that a hero is someone that helps at the perfect time of need. Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh by Danny P. Jackson went through a great journey to finally be seen as a hero and had to face many challenges along the way. Hancock from the movie Hancock faced a personal challenge.
Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration–The Problem of the United States In America, the private prison industry was made for necessary profit based off of the management of prisons by large, private companies. In David Shapiro’s insightful report “Banking on Bondage”, he discusses the logistics of the United States prison system, saying “In America, our criminal justice system should keep us safe, operate fairly, and be cost-effective”. Today, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world, including Russia, China, and Iran.