The Prison-Industrial Complex introduced by Eric Schlosser, is a theory that claims that the prison system is constructed by political pressures, economic requirements, and commercial demands. The prison system has been continuously growing in the last three decades, regardless of the actual need for it. The PIC is specifically harmful to the most vulnerable of people, such as homeless people, mentally ill, etc. The PIC does more harm, than good, therefore, it is a poor system all-around.
Prisons are overcrowded throughout the nation. The number of incarceration is rapidly increasing. Innocent prisoners are taking up space, and money is crucial. Prisoners are competing and struggling for a living. Therefore our two choices are to release the prisoners, or overcrowd them into jail. The best choice for us is to release the prisoners to save our nation from tumbling into a massive hole.
Private prisons were constructed as a response to the overcrowding in federal prisons during the 1980s; many people speculate whether or not private prisons are good or bad. Critics argue that private prisons like any business are driven by profit, and prisons profit from the amount of criminals they are able to contain which gives the private prisons and their shareholders incentive to keep the prison population high and expenses low. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency estimates that over the next ten years state and federal expenditures on prisons will amount to $351 billion6. These government subsidies along with the support of private prison shareholders allow the prison industrial complex to keep their power and influence
Prison Problems in the U.S. The United States have the biggest incarceration rate in the world. Our prisons are full of convicts, rapists, and murderers. One of our biggest problems are is that we don't have enough money too feed them and keep a roof over their heads. Another issue is the proportion of middle aged men in our country are either black or hispanic. It causes issues because colored people think white people (esspecially white police officers) are racist. There has been a lot of police brutality toward colored people yet white people have to endure that too, we are all equal. The U.S. needs to ensure officers aren't being to violent yet keep it so we know we are safe. Another conflict is prison violence,
I agree with your cost assessment involving jailed inmates, but not as most people imagine prison cost. My concern is with the private corporations that profit from jailing US citizens, it is business model aimed at legally embezzling American taxpayer dollars, these corporations deploy few ethics in their day to day business practice. Being only concerned with keeping their facility at, or near capacity. Consequently, unsavory governing officials scramble to meet contractual “lockup quotas.” Taxpayers pay for any empty beds should crime rates fall under quota. In other words, it is also criminal to steal taxpayer dollars and guarantee profits for private prison corporations.
They have been several developments within the federal correctional system over the years. However their most recent developments turn out to be The Charles Colson Task Force created by Congress and the Second Chance Act (SCA). The Charles Colson Task Force was created to identify repeated pattern, as well as create challenges for the Bureau of Prisons (B.O.P), along with examination of the results of the growth within the Federal prison population/ the increasing corrections costs. As well as to reviews the value of recommendations of the policy options to address the drivers. The finding of any given information within The Charles Colson Task is based on researches done by Samuel Taxy
The privatization of the prison system has made it so that individuals who have committed a crime are no longer seen as people but as profits. Prisons receive more money and more laborers (which they grossly underpay) with the addition of new inmates, so it is in the best interests of prison corporations to increase the volume of prisoners as well as expanding the length of sentences. Private prisons started out as a cost-effective way to house inmates, but after yielding large investments and profits, they began lobbying for new and harsher punishments resulting in America having the highest levels of incarceration in the world.
When you think of slavery typically your mind wonders to 1800’s during slavery in America, but what many do not realize is that we are currently in the middle of a new slavery system called Mass Incarnation. With the rise of this new system within our Department of Criminal Justice has the biggest injustices between the races and are more divided than ever before. One which corrupts many citizens lives on a daily basis that are stripping away rights to vote, receive assistance, and so much more. Where we have 1 in 3 black men incarcerated compared to 1 in every 17 white men. When did this begin? How did we let it get this far? How can we stop it? These are some of the questions that I am going to be researching for this paper. To provide
In chapter 13 of Corrections in America, the author describes the history of private-sector involvement in corrections and identifies its advantages. The author also describes how prison inmates were considered slaves of the state. Overall, this chapter compares gatekeepers and rainmakers.
To give independent advice to governors and managers, prison officers and support grades in the private and public prison services of England and Wales about financial issues such as pay and the exchanging of goods and services to provide public value such as using outside organisations to import goods such as food. The Prison Services Pay Review Body (PSPRB) is in place. As they are a recommendation body they consider what the public value and financial value of any situation would be and advise the service on the below points:
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.
Of the 50 United States in 2011, the state of Arizona ranks ninth in crime rate with 3,961 crimes occurring per 100,000 people. This statistic is well above the national average, and ranks in the top 10% of the nation. And to go along with such high crime rates, high prison funding is sure to follow, a problem recognized by the general public. A fact sheet quoting data taken in 2010 states that the Arizona Department of Corrections had $998.5 million in prison expenditures, leaving the price of prisons nearing $1 billion. As if those raw numbers aren’t staggering enough, those who are against the current prison system in Arizona point to taxpayer dollars as a major point of concern. The same fact sheet showed taxpayer contribution to the Arizona prison system was over $10 million, an amount of money that doesn’t seem large, but when taken into account that taxpayers don’t make decisions on the prison system, as many prisons in Arizona are privately run.
Kimberly, it is easy to see what side of the fence you are on. Nonetheless you raised some very real concerns and your discussion caused me to mull over the government role when it comes to private prisons. I’m sure the government has a hand in the way that private prisons are being maintained but how much. I would be highly surprised if private prisons were given free reign because the government in some sort of way regulates all businesses and private prisons are no exceptions. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) the government does have a hand in how private prisons are operated and nearly all facilities received some oversight from the contracting agency (McDonald & Patten, 2004). Still you have a very strong
Professionalism as Bartollas and Siegel define it “refers to a set of character strengths and personal values directed at providing the highest quality service to others in the workplace, both colleagues and clients” (2013). In the field of corrections, professionalism affects not only those working in the facility or those imprisoned within its walls, but the families of inmates and officers /correctional staff, the local community, and the relationships within the law enforcement community as well.