Penology Essays

  • Comparing Foucault's Discipline And Punishment

    254 Words  | 2 Pages

    Penology is a system that a totalitarian government highly pays attention to. Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punishment traces the history of sovereign discipline and punishment from the medieval ages until the modern age in Western society. He argues that sovereign or authoritative punishment took four forms which are: torture – punishment – discipline – prison. Foucault examined the act of torturing and concluded that the public execution was ultimately an ineffective use of the body and non-economical

  • Architectural Design In Prison

    1820 Words  | 8 Pages

    When it comes to the idea of a prison, it brings up a multitude of images for different people. The relationship between media representations of prisons and public understanding of imprisonment is complex precisely because the prison carries multifarious symbolic meaning, which vary between different media and genres such as in television programs, including documentaries, dramas, and reality TV. Some may visualize prison as storage where maximum criminals are allocated per minimum spaces are in

  • Animal Farm Rhetorical Analysis

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    In Animal Farm, George Orwell warns how power will often lead to corruption. Napoleon was placed in a position of power after Major died, and he slowly starts to lavish in his power and become addicted to the lush life of a dictator. When Napoleon first becomes a leader, he expresses how everyone will work equally, but as his reign goes on, he shortens the work hours. At the very end of the novel, the observing animals even start to see that pig and man had become the same. The irony present in the

  • Creon's Tragic Flaw In Antigone

    1226 Words  | 5 Pages

    How would you feel if you were locked away to rot by one of your own family members because you did something they didn’t approve of? In Sophocles play, Antigone, this is just the case for the niece of Creon, King of Thebes. After getting word that her “own two brothers [...] slaughtered one another and brought about their common doom” (Sophocles 318), Antigone is distraught. What makes her infuriated is when she learns that her uncle, Creon, has decided that one of her brothers, Eteocles, will receive

  • The Reflection Of Prison Reform

    707 Words  | 3 Pages

    There’s always something to fix in society because society is a reflection of us, and we are not perfect. Recently, there’s been many issues that have caught the attention of people living all across the world. Things such as police brutality, sexual assualt in the workplace, and immigration law, just to name a few, but there’s also been an underlying issue that people are becoming more informedinormed about, and that I believe matters - prison reform. Prison reform matters because in many instances

  • Pros And Cons Of The Insanity Plea

    1086 Words  | 5 Pages

    “Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.” according to Steve Landsberg. The insanity plea, although helpful in some cases, can be abused by a multitude of convicted criminals looking for an effortless trial. The first example of the insanity defense ever being used during a court case would be in the 1843. When Daniel M’Naughten tried to assassinate the prime minister of Britain, he was put on trial and was later acquitted due to being found not guilty by reason of insanity

  • The Pros And Cons Of Proactive Policing

    1272 Words  | 6 Pages

    Imagine a world where a crime is stopped before it is ever committed. Numerous books and movies have explored this possibility. In one popular movie, Minority Report, a future crime is “seen” before it actually occurs, and the potential offender is located, captured, and imprisoned before the offense can be perpetrated. This action would be characterized as proactive policing. Muhlhausen (2017) defines proactive policing as “getting out in front of events in the hopes of preventing crimes and working

  • Pros And Cons Of Life Imprisonment

    731 Words  | 3 Pages

    Eliminating capital punishment does not mean that supporting crime rate and put the society into danger. It intends to have feature of promoting human rights. When almost the world wants to remove death penalty from all of legal system, people must think of replacing punishment, which still protect the life. In various punishments, it seems that life imprisonment is the best choice. Life imprisonment (or life sentence) means having to spend the rest of a person’s life in jail. When the people commit

  • Thomas Scanlon On The Doctrine Of Double Effect

    730 Words  | 3 Pages

    The Doctrine of Double Effect is the process in which someone must sacrifice some bad to achieve more good. According to Alison McIntyre of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2014) defines the concept as “The doctrine (or principle) of double effect is often invoked to explain the permissibility of an action that causes a serious harm, such as the death of a human being, as a side effect of promoting some positive end”. This is often referred to in the military as “collateral damage”. While

  • Taking Responsibility In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

    750 Words  | 3 Pages

    Taking responsibility. Often times you will find yourself in an either difficult, or awkward situation where telling the truth is going to alter the conversation, and the person’s mood either for the better or worst, this leaves you thinking is being honest the right thing to do? This idea of being responsible for your actions is brought up countless times, both in real life and in fiction. arthur miller gave us a great example of this in his play “the crucible” by representing the pandemonium that

  • Character Analysis: Just Lather, That's All

    910 Words  | 4 Pages

    “Just Lather, That’s All” One choice can mean the difference between life and death for another. To kill or to not kill seems like a simple decision at first. There is more that goes on in the mind of a potential murderer than just that. In Hernando Téllez’s short story “Just Lather, That’s All,” a barber struggles with the thought of murder when a man that killed the barber’s fellow revolutionaries enters his barber shop. The barber is continuously in major conflict between his responsibility as

  • Summary Of The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get Prison

    1586 Words  | 7 Pages

    The criminal justice system may be more corrupt than the people who fill our prisons. It is amazing to see the many ways that certain parts of society actually benefit from the current system we support. This book,The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison, by authors Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton, has open my eyes to a very corrupt idealism. They are very precise in their supporting examples as well by walking the reader through each step and analogy. One of the theories it speaks of is the

  • Private Prisons Pros And Cons

    710 Words  | 3 Pages

    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

  • The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

    873 Words  | 4 Pages

    Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a legal process in which a person is put to death as a punishment for a crime by the government of a nation. The United States is in the minority group of nations that uses the death penalty. There are thirty-three states that allow capital punishment and seventeen states that abolished it (Death Penalty Information Center). The morality of the death penalty has been debated for many years. Some people want capital punishment to be abolished due to how

  • Death Penalty Persuasive Essay

    1147 Words  | 5 Pages

    Division in the idea of the United States using the death penalty has sparks several debates on whether the United States should continue to use the death penalty or ban it all together. The problems of the wrongful convicted being on death row, the supply of drugs to carry out executions, and if the death penalty violates the constitution. In the United States the death penalty has been used for centuries against criminals. During the 1800’s hanging and firing squads were used to dispense justice

  • The Theme Of Dehumanization In The Devil's Arithmetic

    976 Words  | 4 Pages

    The Book is Always Better than the Movie The Holocaust was a genocide that occurred almost one hundred years ago. As the number of survivors dwindles, it’s become more necessary than ever to remember. Books, documentaries, and other forms of media are one of the best ways to preserve history. However, some books and films are more true to history than others. Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic more aptly delivers the message of remembrance than Donna Deitch’s film adaptation of The Devil’s Arithmetic

  • Loss Of Freedom In The Shawshank Redemption

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    Losing something that you have had for a long time can affect the way you act and feel. In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne, experiences the death of freedom. The movie follows Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. Andy Dufresne deals with the death of freedom by saving the captains money, building the library and

  • Mary Maloney Analysis

    876 Words  | 4 Pages

    As said by the illustrious Hungarian poet, Péter Zilahy,“You have to make choices even when there is nothing to choose from.” The following quote is constructed in a seemingly insoluble case, with no materialistic evidence found. Despite having no concrete testimony, Mary Maloney should still be found guilty for the cruel murder of her unsuspecting husband due to circumstantial evidence, including her previous outburst of pure anger, and her odd and abnormal behavior that night. Both circumstances

  • Tommy Angelo Character Analysis

    776 Words  | 4 Pages

    Slitting the throat is one of the most effective and quickest ways of killing a person. Revenge is a trait that may or may not cause somebody to slit another’s throat. That was the case in the diluted, yet tepid, mind of Tommy Angelo. The story all begins in 1905 in the town of Cremona, Italy. Tommy Angelo was an Italian boxer who resided in Cremona most of his life. Boxing was Tommy’s passion in life, and he strived to be the best he could be. He worked hard in the sport of boxing to keep food on

  • Pros And Cons Of Mass Incarceration

    1092 Words  | 5 Pages

    In this day and age, There are five times as many people in jail as there were in the 1970s. Almost 5 percent of the population of the United States will go to prison at in point of their life. Conservatives believe that imprisonment reduces crime in two ways: it removes criminals from the public so they can not commit more crimes, and it also discourages people who would commit a crime as they consider the consequences. Unfortunately, neither of these outcomes have come to be true. In fact, mass