A recent PET survey showed that only 18% of offenders felt supported by prison officers in their learning. One third of prison courses are not completed, half of which are a direct result of the release or transfer of prisoners, wasting an estimated £30m annually. Around two thirds of those who do have a job lose it whilst in custody. 1 in 14 prisoners participate in an activity to help other prisoners, eg. the Samaritan
Once released from prison, one is labeled a felon, often denied employment because of their status, and therefore typically unable to secure work and money. This then negatively affects all aspects of the person’s life, including their finances, transportation, lodging, health, and even family. Statistics show that a family is 40 percent more likely to live in destitution while the father figure is imprisoned. And children whose guardians are imprisoned are more likely to experience (Johnson, 2009). The purpose of this study is to understand the behaviors of released felons as they re-enter society and analyze their psychological behaviors as well.
The first challenge is breaking the myth that the cost of providing facilities to educate the prisoners is exceptionally high. Many in the public might be tempted to think that college education for prisoners costs millions of dollars in addition to the money already being spent on prisons. This is because the detainees will not be in a position to contribute anything towards this form of education (Stoll, Raphael, & Project Muse, 2009, p. 45). Being one of the largest costs borne by taxpayers besides budgets in defence, healthcare, and retirement benefits, it costs somewhere between $52 billion and $70 billion dollars on average for U.S. taxpayers annually and $31,238 cost per inmate; However, cost of providing a college education for an incarcerated student only costs $ 2,000 to $4,000 a year (“Breaking the Prison Cycle”) and, in the longer term, a prison education proves to be far more beneficial than harmful in terms of cost-benefit analysis. According to a research by RAND Corporation, “a $1 investment in prison education reducing incarceration costs by $4 to $5, and those who receive a prison education have 43% less change of returning to prison than inmates who do not”(“Education and Vocational Training,” 2013).
After graduating high school, the majority of teenagers nowadays choose to continue their studies in college to attain a bachelor’s degree. There is no question that education is essential for our future careers. Unfortunately, I have noticed that not all students in my peer group are able to finish college. “Nearly one out every five students in America drop out of college by the first semester.” There are three main reasons for teenagers dropping out, them being: financial issues, academic struggles, and another simply being to start a career.
Parental Incarceration: The Impact on Families The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, over 2 million people are in the nation's penitentiary facilities across the country. Within this figure there are an estimated 900,000 prisoners in the country's penitentiaries that were parents of minor children or children under the legal adulthood, estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3% of the nation's population (Glaze & Maruschak, 2008). When a parent is sent to prison, many dimensions of the family dynamic alters significantly, the effect of incarceration is not restricted to those serving time for their committed crime but can influence children through the emotional and behavioral social stigmas and the social stigma from financial instability. Instrumental/Technical:
While a high school education up until grade 12 is available for undocumented students in the US, there are a number of legal and economic barriers for undocumented students to higher education. As a result, undocumented students do not enjoy the same educational opportunities, and therefore social and economic opportunities, as US citizens. Undocumented students find it more difficult to progress with their education in institutions in the US and therefore cannot access the high-quality education that is available to US citizens and residents. College Admission for Undocumented
In the documentary The Release it was saddening to see what happens to prisoners who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. These people have committed serious crimes but even while they have committed these serious crimes we should set out to help these people and look more into the reasons why they have committed these crimes. Watching the film showed and proved with many of the cases that prison is not a place for the mentally ill. While many of the mentally ill offenders were imprisoned and while there they have gotten medications they needed, they need more than just that.
Fining homeless does not have a positive effect on the community and often homeless end up in jail because of it. If you are homeless it is most likely because you couldn’t afford necessities like food or shelter. By allowing fines to be put on homeless you are setting them up for failure. Also if homeless get sent to jail because of a fine they know have criminal records.
The prison situation in the US is influenced by the raw form of punishment and that criminals who are sent to prison are not seen as curable. The prison system is a private factor driven by profit and is in no shape or form a way of rehabilitating the prisoners. Today penitentiaries are a very costly process that has a chance of both being less expensive and helping the criminals to a better life. It’s all based on one idea already being implemented in other parts of the world, the idea to rehabilitate the criminals rather than only punishing them.
From the book Zeitoun proves that Fema had mismanaged funds and did not take care of the most important tasks during the hurricane. According to the website Prison Legal News “Over 6,000 prisoners who had been packed into the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) were displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina” (Williams, Bob). That a mass of amount of prisoners in a short period of time at the cost of the Federal emergency management agency costing Fema big. Another fact for the state by Prison legal news “The DOC reportedly received funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for each prisoner in custody -- the more prisoners, the higher the per diem payment.
This new law caused an increase from an estimated 300,000 to 2 million prison inmates over the course of the last two decades. (Michelle Alexander, 2010) According to Rebecca C. Hatey and Jennifer L. Eberhdt of Stanford University, California holds only 7% of African American population but 45% of California’s prison inmates are African American under the three strikes law. (Racial Disparities in Incarceration Increase Acceptance of Punitive Policies 2014) Michelle Alexander writes that the mass incarceration of the 1990’s created a new “racial caste system” and extreme funding for the criminal system.
Richard Milhous Nixon was born in January 9, 1913 and died in April 22, 1994. Nixon is the 37th President of the United States after serving as a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator from California, and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Nixon served in the United States Navy during World War II. Nixon proposedpassed many laws during his presidential terms but the major ones are the Selective Service Reform bill to Congress and in November 19 Congress completed action on the bill (HR 14001). This bill gave the President the authority to institute a draft lottery system aimed at inducting 19-year-olds first.
This student was from the http://thinkprogress.org/ in effect to show how hard it is to pay for college. Some families end up getting loans but it’s a bite in the butt when they can’t afford to pay it back due to the tuition and cost to help their children be successful in life. Bernie Sanders presidential runner for the democrat party quoted; Today, it would take a minimum wage worker an entire year to earn enough to cover the annual in-state tuition at a public university. And that’s why so many
Both youth and adult prisons are funded a large amount of money every year to provide for the people who are incarcerated. Government taxes fund the: living spaces, beds, food, clothes, electric, water, etc. anything that the prisoners use as an everyday necessity, it is something that the taxpayers money is used for. “One of the most harmful, ineffective and expensive forms of incarceration is the youth prison, the signature feature of nearly every state juvenile justice system. States devote the largest share of their juvenile justice resources to youth prisons at an estimated annual cost of over $5 billion per year.