Thesis: It is very important for the sake of Americans tax dollars that we change the way that prisons are run and increase the productivity of inmates so when they are released from jail they are ready to be a productive member in society and have the confidence to achieve new goals. Introduction: Day after day, millions of inmates sit in jail doing nothing productive with their lives. We are paying to house inmates that may not even have a good reason to be there. For example, drug offenders are being kept with murderers and other violent offenders. Over time, I can only imagine what it turns them into. We are a country that has the highest population of incarcerated humans. Unfortunately, we have begun to spend more on the prison system than educating the children of America. This very alarming and saddening. If we are not trying our hardest to make sure that children of America are learning to the best of their abilities, what is going to stop them from showing up in jail also. …show more content…
History of prisons- Why were they created? What is their purpose? What are we doing to actually reform them? a) Who has jail helped? Most inmates seen repeatedly coming in and out of jail? (revolving doors) b) If they are trying to make prisons so bad, why are 3 out of 4 prisoners returning within 5 years (Bureau of Justice) II. Population- what is it made up of? a) As of 2014 there is 1,561,525 people in jail (BJS) b) 1,448,564 men c) 112,961 women d) Why do we have the most incarcerated people? III. Cost a) How can we lower costs? b) Depending on the state, it costs $40,000 to house an inmate c) We are now spending more on the imprisonment of people instead of education the children of America. d) It will cost us less in the long run if we can fully rehabilitate inmates so they don’t keep coming back. IV. What works? a) List who the prison system has worked for. b) Jail, rehab, community service, education, social services, Draconian
Second are the medium security prisons. Third and fourth are minimum security and super maximum-security prisons. List the factors that have caused the prison population to grow dramatically in the last several decades
The US prison population makes up 25% of the world’s prison population while the rest of America only makes up 5% of the world population. The cost of keeping these 2 million people in the US behind bars is an astonishing $80 billion. With such a gargantuan price, politicians, economists, and concerned taxpayers are struggling to find ways to reduce costs. Two ways have been identified as the most promising: privatize the prison industry or put inmates to work. There have already been successful implementations of both around the country, yet inmate labor is likely to be stifled and greatly discouraged due to its association with slave labor.
In summary, releasing a stable, educated, well-rounded prisoner is the best solution to lessen mass incarceration, and in turn, lower tax payer costs. However, in recent years, prison budgets have been cut. These cuts have led to less attention being given to prisoner rehabilitation which is only going to result in an increasing number of convicts returning to prison. Although these budget cuts are appealing to taxpayers now, they will end up costing more money in the future as mass incarceration
Fieldwork Observation Task M3 Assignment 2 RA1 Broad River Correctional Institution- Dr. Kennard Dubose/ Behavioral /Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services. On Saturday, October 11th at 1300, I visited the Broad River Correctional Institution for a tour and interview with Dr. Dubose. The correctional facility opened in 1988 and is a level 3 male institution under the direction of warden Robert Stevenson.
However, the penalty stands to be only temporary. Studies have shown that only seventy-one percent of those released from prison are convicted of a serious crime within only three years after their releasement ( ). Is prison housing the criminals or teaching them? A correctional facility is built to correct and rehabilitate, however prison systems in America appear to be only a short stop before the production of the criminals grand plan. The majority of those who are sentenced to prison have a high rate of returning due to their difficulty in gaining a position with a self-sustaining wage and a lack knowledge on a life without crime.
From healthcare to personal safety, inmates are suffering illnesses, abuse, excessive sentences, and maltreatment at an astronomical rate. There has been a vast debate on the issue. There are many arguments for lesser prison sentences and better prison conditions. Mass Incarceration on Trial, A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America, written by Jonathan Simon, illustrates how our nation has become far removed from treating prisoners as human beings who deserving dignity and our nation has failed to properly address this grossly flawed prison system; particularly California. We as a society know very little about mass incarceration and the atrocities that happen behind the concrete walls of the numerous prisons in
Offenders who are in prisons have committed more serious felony crimes. The public roles of prisons in our society are the custodial model that depends on the presumption that detainees are imprisoned to lock them up, punish them and prevent them from committing a crime. All this is achieved through security and discipline measures. Besides, prisons exist to dispense treatment to prisoners by offering treatment programs to inmates for them change their criminal behavior. Also, prison tends to integrate offenders by providing them effective training programs to prepare them for the existence into the society.
How would you feel if you were thrown in an American prison in the horrendous state they are in today? Many people are content with the prison system we have. In the essay, “Why Prisons Don’t Work,” Wilbert Rideau, an African American man who was convicted of murder at age nineteen, challenges this complacency with the system and claims prisons do not change the convict from the person they were when they committed the crime. Putting uneducated people who made silly, impulsive choices in jail is not the way to make a community safer. Prisons do not offer good rehabilitation programs for inmates.
In the past years people have debated if prisons really work and if they are effective. United State is second country right after Russian with the most amounts of prisoners but number is always growing so how prisons are effective. What should be change in prison so it would be more effective or even is there any way to make prison effective so the number of prisoners would go down not up all the time. Some people say that prisons are effective and that they function the best as they can but other point of view is that prisons should do better job and be more stick because they are not that much effective. If prisons work and are effective so why number is growing why every year there is more crimes and cases and more people is in the
I have chosen this topic because it has inspired me, as there is a lot of evidence and theories that show ‘prison works’ and it ‘does NOT work’. My evidence will show that in some cases the prison works for some offenders but does NOT work for others. This is because some of these people would only commit the crime to get into prison. Other offenders learn from their mistakes and take actions to not do it again.
One of the biggest problems faced in America is recidivism. The United States house over 2.3 billion inmates. This mean that the U.S. has 25% of the world’s inmates (NAACP). research shows that more than 40 percent of inmates return to prison. Inmates in America, depending on charges, face many barriers toward becoming productive citizens at work, family life, and in their communities.
I am in favor of all the programs because they each play their part in assisting with the health and needs of those within and they can be cost efficient. We begin this chapter reading about parole and the two types of release options which are mandatory and discretionary. Also, we learn about the issues released offenders deal with trying to lead normal lives after prison. For that reason, programs are created to assist with job search, education, and training. Such programs allow the offender to obtain jobs in prison and/or the “free world” while
Over 2 million people are currently being held in United States prisons, and while the U.S. may only hold 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of its prisoners. In the past few years, America’s prison system has fallen under public scrutiny for it’s rising incarceration rate and poor statistics. Many Americans have recently taken notice of the country’s disproportionate prisoner ratio, realized it’s the worst on the planet, and called for the immediate reformation of the failing system. The war on drugs and racial profiling are some of the largest concerns, and many people, some ordinary citizens and others important government figures, are attempting to bring change to one of the country 's lowest aspects.
Prison is a very harsh and bad place that no one should want to be in. Little freedom can make a person really aggravated. Nobody wants to be away from their family with little contact allowed. Little space and little privacy can only go for so long. Personally I think prison doesn't reform people because there are many repeat offenders, some people act worse when they get there, and also some people just don't like help and never want to change.