Private prisons tend not to house costlier inmates, due to the higher cost of supervising them. Scott Merryman states that, from 1990 to 1995, the overwhelming numbers of inmates in private facilities were classified as minimum-security, and this condition is still relevant today. Public prisons consist of twenty percent maximum-security inmates compared to the five percent in private prisons. Also, public prisons have thirty-five percent of their inmates in minimum-security, while the private prisons have sixty-five percent of their inmates in minimum-security. There are states that have private prisons that choose not to have any high maximum-security inmates at all.
The Wabash County Jail was built in 1979, and is meant to hold 72 people at maximum capacity. The Miami County Jail was built in 2009, and is meant to hold 240 at maximum capacity. These two jails being significantly different in setup, their security, and their cells will be discussed in this paper. Their differences are due mainly to the time period they were built in, and the funding dedicated to the jail. Firstly, I will discuss their set ups.
The Wabash County Jail has a smaller office that can easily be accessed. While at the Miami County Jail, the Control Office is under 24 hour duty. There is always someone in the office and it is in lock down 24/7. One must be “buzzed” in and out; there is also a bathroom, microwave and a fridge in case of a lockdown, riot, or some form of prisoner escape, the Wabash County Jail has none of that protection in its central
Although a recent survey found more than half of all inmates had some form of mental illness (4), they had developed that mental illness before incarceration. On the other hand, I did find a bit of information regarding the effects of overcrowding on mentally ill inmates. Because many overcrowded prisons are understaffed in medical personal, inmates who are mentally ill often go untreated. Scholars and mental health practitioners have suggested that the combination of adverse prison conditions and the lack of adequate and effective treatment resources may result in some prisoners with preexisting mental health conditions suffering an exacerbation of symptoms (4). Nonetheless, overcrowding is a direct violation of inmates’ Eighth Amendment rights; prohibition of cruel and unusual
However, further research has proven that mass incarceration has little effect on crime rates. It does nothing but create overcrowded prisons. In fact, as of 2013, Nebraska’s prisons were at 149.98% capacity. The cost to keep these prisoners healthy amounts to $80 billion dollars per year, or, $35,000 per prisoner.
(1)Most people don’t know much about where most of the patriot prisoners in the Revolutionary war were held. During the Revolutionary war, the prisoners on the prison ships suffered through some of the most horrible conditions you could make someone suffer through in a prison. (2)During the American Revolution many of the prisons on land were over filled with prisoners. The British even used decrepit buildings they didn’t use like colleagues and city halls but once those were full they came up with the idea to use retired or decommissioned ships as prisons, but even those got full and crowded. One of the most famous of the prison ships were the HMS Jersey, which was in Wallabout Bay.
Over a century ago in 1875 the construction began in what is now known as the Yuma Territorial Prison. Known to be one of many of Yuma’s historical artifacts the Territorial Prison was in operation for thirty three years, holding up to 3,069 prisoners and obtaining its first prisoner on July 1, 1876. Although the Yuma Territorial Prison was viewed as having a bad reputation, it actually treated the inmates fairly well. The prison maintained rules which were enforced and followed by the inmates. The way they lived within the prison and sadly the way some died while incarcerated there at the prison.
In the movies, The Farm: Life inside Angola Prison (a documentary) and Slam! (An independent film), although they are different genres, their sub-themes are very similar. These sub-themes portray the subjects as having deeper meanings in terms of personal history and how people dealt with their problems in and out of the prison system. Although, in recent years the prison industrial complex is new, the idea of pushing minorities into housing and then imprisoning them is not a new idea. However in the Past 100 years, getting into prison was the easy part, however trying to stay out of jail once already been in jail is harder.
Based on the database, regardless of the mental status of the person, at least 50% of them had been released from the jail within a month. Furthermore, the 49% of the mentally ill persons had been unpredictable released. In prisons, people with mental health needs groups constitute a particularly important group because prisons were never designed as facilities for the mentally ill people. Many of these people are not getting mental treatment in the community are swept into the criminal justice system after they commit a crime. Receiving mental treatment can help some prisoners recover from their illness and prevent their mental status to getting worse, and protect them from suicide.
Attending each 12-step meeting was interesting, yet frightening too. Surprised at how different the population was among each meeting. In the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings there were more of an older generation, where in the Narcotics Anonymous there were more of a younger generations. I noticed in the Narcotics Anonymous meeting there were a lot of people who were wearing ankle monitors from the justice center, but out of the three Alcoholics Anonymous (I know we only had to attend two AA meetings-long story on how/why I ended up attending three) meetings I attended there were only two people I recall seeing with ankle monitors compared to four or five to the one Narcotics Anonymous meeting. In the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings the members
This has only led to more and more prisons being created which cost a lot of money. “Since 1984 more than twenty new prisons have opened in California , while only one new campus was added to the California State University system and none to the University of California system”(Davis 686). Instead of focusing on creating safer environments for those who live in areas where crime is predominant we are only building more prisons to just lock everyone up. This is not really solving anything rather it is just avoiding the whole issue itself. Creating theses prisons cost a lot of money because there are man things required in maintaining a prison running.
This step in the process is where faults take place resulting in sexual offenders not being charged or ever brought to justice. A practice that should only take a few weeks, ends up taking many months or even longer. If the only evidence for a rape case is DNA evidence and labs are not extracting the DNA from these rape kits when needed to be, it lets