The issues of aging prisoners in the United States as delineated by the Pearson video on chapter ten and the Huffington Post article include 20% of the population amassing beyond 45 years old, $40,000-$60,000 to care for one elderly prisoner, assistance for the elderly not fabricated in penitentiary budgets, and elderly quarters/recidivism exams in parallel to elderly release. The Huffington Post exemplifies that cost rises $5,500 to $40,000 in the time range from 50-80 years old (Maschi, 1). Aside from these issues, the Pearson video also exhibited that dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, CVD, and walking troubles are challenges of the elderly population in prison (Pearson video). The issues exemplified by the Pearson video and the Huffington …show more content…
According to this article, Betty Smithey asphyxiated a 15-month old toddler in parallel to mental illness on New Year’s Day in 1963. One reason approving Smithey’s release could be the mental illness dictums that may have been discarded in Smithey’s conviction. Another reason approving Smithey’s clemency could be the recidivism statistics and the danger potential tests (i.e. she appeases the dissipated recidivism and crime association delineated by the Huffington Post) and the forgiveness of the family she received in the 1980s (Hoffer, 1). A reason for disapproving Smithey’s clemency could be the conflict between Arizona’s enacted term statutes and the “old-code lifer” and the cost currently distributed for Smithey (Glionna, 1). In my opinion, I think that care for the elderly in prison can be improved through the differentiated elder imprisonment displayed by the Pearson video. More care could be given to these differentiated elder imprisonment variants and less guards could be assigned given the de-escalated recidivism and violent behaviors. I do not feel any compassionate release programs are appropriate. I feel that a compassionate release program is the third link in a chain I disagree with. As description, the death penalty was prevented due to costs above life imprisonment. Now it seems that compassionate release programs are preventing life imprisonment because of cost
Since, such correctional residential facilities are run by programs that can support their system this is a key element that Lobuglio and Piehl has stated in this article. As well as, any other key point, in this article, the finally statement that is held very accountable towards is that in order for this process to thrive it “will require a large expensive, and politically challenging investment…throughout the country.” Besides, it isn’t easy to unwind such development of mass
As the influx of mentally ill prisoners increase in federal penitentiaries, and prison’s staffing level remaining the same, inhumane treatment and dehumanizing practices of prisons are becoming more common and inescapable. In his article, “One of the Darkest Periods in the History of American Prisons,” Andrew Cohen elucidates how federal prisons are negatively developing over the years. By primary referencing to investigations in California and Florida, and allegations in Mississippi and Louisiana, Cohen is able demonstrate how ill-equipped, and reckless prisons have become in response to the needs of prisoners with mental illness. He even goes so far to compare today’s jails to “medieval places of unspeakable cruelty” ( ). In “One of the Darkest Periods in the History of American Prisons,” Cohen appeals heavily on pathos to the convince the audience of the fundamental corruption and carelessness that beholds today’s prisons towards inmates, especially mentally ill inmates.
In response to your question earlier regarding the Barzee case, I think that in this particular situation the court should have renewed her 15 year sentence, but continued it at the mental hospital rather than sending her to prison. Wanda Barzee has displayed significant sings of impairment, therefore I think that in sending her to prison, would only cause her symptoms to get increasingly worse. In an ABC interview with Oprah, Wanda Barzee’s children referred to their mother as a “monster” (Mooney, 2010). They discussed many demented memories of their mother, depriving them from affection, feeding the pet rabbit for dinner, and subjecting them to physical abuse, to name a few (Mooney, 2010). Furthermore, after being asked what kind of punishment
Halfway through the 18th century, the United States was serving as a model for prisons. Dix was revolutionary in reforming prisons. She convinced states to invest in libraries, basic education, and more care for the men, women, and even children imprisoned in the jails and penitentiaries whereas abuse regularly occurred (Parry). Pennsylvania was a key role model for prisons all over the United States. This state’s prisons were known for having “two of the best prisons in the world” (“Prison and Asylum
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
In “Just Mercy” Bryan Stevenson talks about the layers to each incarcerated individual. He talks about the repeated connections between issues such as mental illness and harsh home environments to juvenile offenders and mass incarceration. Stevenson goes into depth about the different internal and external issues that many incarcerated have. “In fact, there are more than three times the number of seriously mentally ill individuals in jail or prison than in hospitals; in some states that number is ten times. And prison is a terrible place for someone with mentally illness or a neurological disorder that prison guards are not trained to understand.
Prison reform has been an ongoing topic in the history of America, and has gone through many changes in America's past. Mixed feelings have been persevered on the status of implementing these prison reform programs, with little getting done, and whether it is the right thing to do to help those who have committed a crime. Many criminal justice experts have viewed imprisonment as a way to improve oneself and maintain that people in prison come out changed for the better (encyclopedia.com, 2007). In the colonial days, American prisons were utilized to brutally punish individuals, creating a gruesome experience for the prisoners in an attempt to make them rectify their behavior and fear a return to prison (encyclopedia.com, 2007). This practice may have worked 200 years ago, but as the world has grown more complex, time has proven that fear alone does not prevent recidivism.
Another issue that the American prison systems were facing was their constant practice of locking away mentally ill individuals to very long prison sentences that only seriously worsened their conditions, and even made their chances of overcoming mental illness, nearly impossible. Even medications that were prescribed to these individuals made them suffer serious and sometimes even worse, side effects. Although some states banned the high rates of mentally ill individuals to prisons, this only meant they were more targeted and thrown in jail for petty offenses by police. Many prisons do not have the resources, nor the skills needed to adequately and appropriately care for the mentally ill, therefore many of them suffer and even die from this
However, the United States has one of the best rehabilitation techniques and facilities in the world. Rehabilitation is the aspect of the United States correctional system that keeps it from being completely looked down on. One of the main issues when it comes to the prison and correctional system is the living conditions, according to an article on “Kicker”,”How the prison system is failing”, the living conditions are described as poor and inhumane. These living conditions also lead to serious incapacitation, which means there is not enough space for newly convicted criminals to fit inside the prisons.
However, some others will spend the majority of their lifetimes behind bars. In making the decision, who will be freed by 21, 35, or which will remain behind bars, I will assume a lot has to be taken into consideration. Such as the manner a crime was committed, the type of crime, and then rehabilitation success or lack thereof. This finding helps me to understand the process a bit more and know it’s not just black and white, set in stone decision; yet, more of a greyish point to the release, no matter what by 21, makes me feel a bit
Incarcerated veterans is a problem both financially and due to the number of incarcerated veterans. The number of veterans who are repeatedly incarcerated shows that this problem needs more research. With over half of the incarcerated population released on an annual basis being incarcerated again, it is imperative that further research into their needs is
Research strongly indicates that transitional housing reduces the recidivism rates of parolees. Housing for many released inmates is very difficult to obtain for a variety of reasons, including prohibitions against people with drug convictions living in federally subsidized public housing. The state department of corrections has decided to rent a multiple-dwelling unit in a low-income area and to allow 200 inmates to live there six months following their release from prison. People in the neighborhood complain that this parole housing unit will increase crime in an already trouble area, will endanger local children, and will place an undue burden on local police and social service. So now the question is do you open the parole transitional
In order to outlive the prison experience, inmates are constrained to endure great psychological changes. Noetic harm inflicted whilst imprisonment as well the challenges posed have only grown over the last several decades. These challenges include a much-discussed de-emphasis on rehabilitation as an objective of imprisonment along with rigorous policies and conditions of solitary confinement. Thus, creating prisons more troublesome places to adapt and sustain oneself. Adjustment to advanced imprisonment demands particular mental costs of incarcerated persons; few individuals are more vulnerable to the pains of imprisonment than others.
Angela Davis, in her researched book, Are Prisons Obsolete? , analyzes the perception of our American prison systems. Davis’ purpose is to inform the reader about the American prison system and how it effects African- Americans and those of any other race, though blacks are the highest ranking number in the prison systems. She creates a blunt tone in order to easily convey her message without bias. Davis opens her researched book by addressing the idea of how abolishing the death sentence and the prison system itself, by claiming that even advocates for the death penalty find that they face challenges dealing with this issues also.
In order to do this they need to make new centers to help prisoners inside better themselves. In Alabama prisons may soon shut down 14 of its prisons for overcrowding, neglect, and violence in the state’s correction systems. In the prison St. Clair Holman in Alabama the prison system makes prisoners act different. There is no safety, security or supervision. “We have people being killed, sexually assaulted, raped, stabbed on daily basis at St. Clair, Holman, and multiple facilities; it’s a systemwide problem,” said Charlotte Morrison, a senior attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which represents Alabama prisoner.”