The Texas prison systems have many pros and cons that can be easily observed. A beneficial thing about the prison system is that they provide an added level of protection for the public. Every single day there are a variety amounts of criminals who are incarcerated to not only serve their time but to also keep them all under one roof so that they cause no harm to the public. The crime rate in Texas has risen up; from un-resolved homicides to sexual assaults; therefore, when they are incarcerated they will be locked up and the public’s safety will be at ease. Another factor that contributes to the pros of the Texas prison system is the satisfaction that the interests of the victim’s family and members of the public are happy with the result
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One of the issues currently in the Texas justice system is a miscarriage of justice. A miscarriage of justice is primarily the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime they did not commit. In the film, Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, it is shown that Mr. Morton was given an unfair trial, which led to his conviction for a crime he did not commit. During Mr. Morton’s trial, then-district attorney Ken Anderson had refused to call on chief investigator Don Wood to the witness stand because he did not want to turn over key documents in Mr. Wood’s file to Mr. Morton’s defense lawyer. A specific file that could have helped Mr. Morton’s case was a transcript of a conversation that chief investigator Don Wood had with Mr. Morton’s mother-in-law, Rita Kirkpatrick.
In Last Chance in Texas, The author researches the treatment of juveniles that are in the Capital punishment program at the Giddings State School. Giddings is a facility in Texas that is ran aggressively and has one of the most successful, treatment programs in America for young offenders (Hubner, 2008). The juveniles in this program have committed violent crimes and were sentenced to this school for rehabilitation and the ability to reintegration back into society. Throughout the book, Hubner studied three sets of nine students of Giddings for nine months. Hubner discovered that the treatment programs worked by making the juveniles understand their past and how their actions affected other people was the key to a successful rehabilitation
INTRODUCTION The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of the population than any country in the world (CBS, 2012). According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 2.3 million adults were incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and county jails in 2013. There are an additional 820,000 people on parole and 3.8 million people on probation (Wagner & Rabuy, 2016) Jail and prison differ primarily in regards to the length of stay for inmates.
Prisons in the United States of America are housing inmates for profit Prisoners have become a commodity in order to profit from individuals labor instead of rehabilitation. The goal of the private corporations and federal prisons seems as if profit is the underlining aim of the prison industry. Keeping private prisons filled to capacity increases profits for invested parties and contributes to growing of the economy, but the growth of the economy should not be the determining factor of a person’s life and whether they are correctly rehabilitated. Just to reiterate there are three different ways that the privatized prison industry has become successful at the expense of our society’s men ages 18-24; Inmates and the economy with the prison industrial
In the United States of America, there are many systems throughout the government. There is the Department of Health, Department of education, and many more to be listed. One system that often causes controversy is the Department of Correction, this department always raises the question; does our jail/correction system work? The correctional system has flaws and gives some result, however, there are more cases than not that prove the correctional system needs a great deal of improvement. Due to the living conditions and the activity inside of the United States prisons the prison system is looked at as dysfunctional.
Those who find themselves sentenced to time in a penitentiary, jail, or prison are at risk of either being broken or strengthened by the time they spend behind bars. There is a great debate of whether or not the prison system in the United States is positive or negative. The following will briefly highlight the positives, negatives, and possible alternatives for our nation's prison system. First, there is a long list of negatives that the prison system in America brings. The prison system is filled with crime, hate, and negativity almost as much as the free world is.
During the 17th and 18th century, millions of slaves were imported from Africa to the United States of America. They were bound by chains and were not treated like humans. They were merchandise for people to use to make money off of. Slaves were later freed with the Emancipation Proclamation under President Abraham Lincoln, but the question that should be considered today is if privatization of prisons is modern day slavery. According to Suevon Lee’s article, “By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry”, 128,195 prisoners were held in privately managed facilities as of December 2010.
There has constantly been a fight between whether or not private prisons should be legally allowed in America since 1984, when the first private prison was created. Although some private prisons may help with jobs within the prison, rehabilitation and benifiting “the inmates with some acquired skills that they could use during their reintegration process that [helped] welcomed them back to the society” (logan, 1990). Despite numerous advantages of private prisons, such as cost effectiveness and relieving public prisons of overcrowdedness. A variety of disadvantages exist that ultimately hinder the process of privatization. For instance; neglected prisoners, patrens turn into profit, and do not always keep staff training up to date.
With only five percent of the world’s population, the United States has 25 percent of all inmates. It is upsetting to believe that in America prisoners are responsible for the high revenue in private prison companies. Many states have even signed agreements with private prison companies, guaranteeing that they will fill certain number of beds in jail at a given point. Ninety percent is the common rate; however, some private prisons have been able to get away with 100 percent.
Maya Young 29 November 2017 Wrongful convictions, flawed evidence procedures, and the death penalty all can compromise the Texas criminal justice system. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. The South is imprisoning more people and at a higher rate and is executing more people. There's more people locked up in Texas than any other state, including California. There are more people in max lockdown, more people in for profit facilities, and more people executed than in any other state.
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.
According to data from The Sentencing Project, roughly 2.2 million people are in the United States’ jails and prisons. The United States is currently leading the world in incarceration rates, and this is no accident. There have been many laws, policies and attitudes brought forward that have resulted in this statistic. As a result, there are effects of the current prison system, and hardly any are positive. There is an overrepresentation in many aspects of the prison and jail population that are worth considering.
2. 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.
Suppose there is a man, this man is married and also has three children whom he provides for. Now imagine another man, this man is a criminal and is sentenced to 55 long years in prison for his crimes. Based on the second description one may think this man would have committed a violent or at least very damaging crime. In reality, the crimes committed were not violent and some may argue, not even damaging. The aforementioned men are one in the same and describe the case of Weldon Angelo.
The cash-based bail system has few perceived advantages and significant disadvantages. The cash-based bail system though overall is systematically flawed, keeping it from serving its intended purpose of public safety and ensuring defendant’s appearance in court (Pretrial Justice Institute, 2012). While some people may view it as a necessary system, it should be evaluated to determine if it is serving its intended purpose. I believe it is serving a much different purpose than it intends to. Rather than providing safety for the public and causing defendants to have a financial incentive to appear at court, the cash-based bail system has created a justice system that systematically incarcerates the poor.