There’s a multitude of things that need to be repaired in our system, and prison is one of them. Prison reform is an important issue because we need to take care of everyone and with the way we treat criminals, we do not see them as equal. We need to assess illegal acts correctly instead of trying to put people in jail for the rest of their lives. We also need to work more on how we try to rehabilitate people. Instead of barring convicts off from the rest of us, we need to teach them how to integrate, so they can live better lives than they did
In Oklahoma however, drug offenders share about 30 percent of their prison population. Ending the War on Drugs will not end mass incarceration alone. The federal government and a handful of states have successfully reduced their incarcerated populations by reforming their drug policies, and these can also work with other policies as
This deliberate measure has deteriorated the main purpose of correctional facilities. The penal harm movement has to led to overcrowding of prisons, degraded inmate living, and health conditions, and numerous other ramifications, which continues to cause society further complications in finding a more efficacious and progressive response to crime. The penal harm movement of 1970’s was introduced to the U.S. correctional facilities by policy makers, after pressure from the public to inflict harsher punishment on inmates. The corrections system often justifies the increasement of penal harm on the basis of retribution and deterrence.
“Imprisonment in the United States has increased significantly, spurred by criminal laws that impose steep sentences and curtail the opportunity to earn probation and parole ” (ACLU, 2011). In the years since the advent of private prisons, incarceration rates have reached historic levels because of not only harsher sentences and deliberately sabotaging opportunities for probation and parole, but also states manipulate the court system in order to help private prisons maintain higher occupancy rates, run the prison, and get a cut of the
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.
Sweeping changes need to be made the juvenile system. They’re too many incarcerations, Locking up the children of our future based off a minor mistakes. In the future if these problems are not fixed we will continue to have a high number of youth incarcerations, and an even higher number of future adults going to prison. This cycle needs to be broken, or a significant change needs to be made. “More surprisingly, given that prison is supposed to deter crime, going to jail also made kids more likely to offend again.
I know that economic and racial democracy does not exist, but I was not aware that Caucasian individuals earn thirteen dollars for every one dollar an African American earns. I was surprised by the large pay gap and I hope it continues to narrow over the years. Dr. Davis also pointed out that as labor unions decrease, incarceration increases. I did not know this, but it makes sense that more crimes are committed when people feel they have no other choice.
Recidivism and prison reentry has caused a challenge in the criminal justice system for many years. The reason that recidivism has caused a huge impact on prison reentry is because when a ex-prisoner is released back into the community, theres’s no guarantee that the ex-prisoner will not relapse and commit a new crime. The criminal justice should create better regulation to reduce recidivism in prison reentry. I think one regulation should be that prison rehabilitation programs should include programs that aim to help immates cope in the community when they’re released from prison. After prisoner’s are released from prison, I think offenders should continue with rehabilitation programs by choice or under community supervision.
As a myriad of undesirable behavior was becoming codified as illegal, more people were finding themselves incarcerated for very small offenses. Thus more and more people were finding themselves stuck with the identity of a criminal. In light of this undesirable consequence of the legal system, diversions were created in an attempt to break the recidivism cycle. Work camps were used as alternates of incarceration. Deinstitutionalism also led to a slowing of simply building more prisons to house offenders.
Understanding the nuts and bolts of the prison system is interesting and sometimes hard. But overall it 's a huge bureaucracy that consumes resources in order to incarcerate people. It does that job, sometimes well, sometimes less than well. We have many dedicated professionals working to make it function right.
However, as many of these institutions began to change and reform prison sentences, many still viewed punishment techniques as “coercive forms of control” (Wright, N/D, p 318). Even though, prisons are meant to control inmates every movement, they are also abusing that power in separating
Prison cells have changed in the past couple years to withstand rust or mold from disturbing or breaking the iron bars. The second most important improvement was the treatment of inmates/prisoners. The prisoners have changed a lot in the past century or so because they have developed a new way for entertainment or pleasure. That was sexual humiliation of what the prisoners did to each other. Other than pleasure they have gotten more dangerous because in prison, criminals have records that have skulls or stars that show how dangerous they are.
The article The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars discusses the happenings within the correctional system in New York of April 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio and corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte were brought into New York City’s correctional centers that house mentally ill inmates, which make up roughly 40% of the total incarcerated population. This article pinpoints the three areas the city needs to focus on in order to improve the system for mentally ill inmates: the mental health of those incarcerated, Medicade enrollment before release back into society, and instilling programs for the mentally ill that will send them to a treatment facility rather than imprisoning them (The New York Times Editorial Board). The mentally ill in New York cost
Prison gangs have been and are a growing problem. Prison organizations throughout the United States have tried many different strategies to address the issue of prison gang members. One of the problems is that gang members are more of a threat to the staff and other inmates than regular inmates who are not in a gang. The prisons have problems begin able to house certain serious offenders that need to be kept separate because of the limited spacing. Gangs in the prison have a higher disruption and incident rate then non gang members.
Something that I would add to the program is more inspiration to the prisoners that will not be able to go back in the community. Inmates that are going through life sentences need just as much counseling as a person that’s getting out in two weeks. At least if you won 't be able to be a good citizen again, at least they can have something positive in their life to at least be a good prisoner. Another aspect I would add to the program is expanding the program to prisons all over the United States because I believe it can help so many people with their problem with