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Violence in Prisons - There are many reasons a person would not want to go to prison. One of the main reasons is the violence, and this violence occurs in every prison around the world. Violence can be attributed to rape, overcrowding, gangs and to the particular justice systems. These justice systems include such countries as Brazil where violent episodes that include beheadings have occurred. Much of the prison crisis has been blamed on delays in the country’s legal system. This is because of how inmates receive extended sentences and poor prison management....   [tags: legal issues, american prisons]
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It's Time to Privatize Colombian’s Prisons - The involvement of the private sector in the penal system, prima facie, could be seen as a rapid and low cost, high benefit solution to the most serious penal system problems such as lack of prisons spaces, poor condition within the prisons, and the state responsibilities of running prisons services adequately, by the figure of prison privatization. (Cavadino, M. and Dignan, J. 2007) The figure of contracting out has been well described by Cavadino and Dignan in their analysis of the prison privatization....   [tags: Private Prisons]
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Prisons Full to the Brink - American prisons are being filled to the brink. With new prisoners being transferred in daily and few being released back into the world, it is no wonder why the most important issue with today's prison system is the mass overcrowding taking place in our prisons. Prisons in America are being overcrowded with small time criminals. The majority of the incarcerated is due to violent crimes. However, another large group of those imprisoned are the drug offenders that were convicted for either possession or use....   [tags: American Prisons, Prisoners, Crime Rates]
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The Effectiveness of U.S. and Scandinavian Penal and Prisons Systems - Joe is a prisoner in a United States penitentiary convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. Johan is a prisoner in a Norwegian Correctional Facility also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. After eight years of serving their time in custody, they are released back out into society, the world beyond their prison walls. During the following month after their release, Joe has once again been arrested for assault and attempted robbery while Johan has started making a quiet living as a deckhand on the coast for a small fishing company in Kopervik....   [tags: Prisons Systems]
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Private Prisons Negativly Impact State and Local Governments - Private prisons have a negative effect on states and local governments. Unfortunately, the number of private prisons has been increasing since their inception in 1983 causing further problems. For-profit prisons offer no real benefits and are bad investments for states. Furthermore, private prisons beleaguer communities with high turnover rates that hurt local economies. The demands of these institutions put an excessive burden on the local community’s infrastructure. Similarly, private prisons strain the county and city legal systems....   [tags: For-profit Prisons, Prison Privatization]
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Prisons - Prisons an institution designed to securely house people who have been convicted of crimes. These people are known as prisoners or inmates and are kept in an ongoing custody for a certain amount of time. The type of crime decides the length of the sentence. For some such crimes (i.e. murder) individuals may be sentenced to a lifetime imprisonment. In order for an individual to be incarcerated, they have to be accused of violating criminal law and then tried and found convicted in a jury of their peers....   [tags: History Prisons] 1918 words
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Private Prisons or For -Profit Prisons - Private Prisons A private prison or for-profit prison, jail, or detention center is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned by a third party that is contracted by a government agency. Private prison companies typically have contractual agreements with the governments that commit prisoners and then pay a per diem or monthly rate for each prisoner confined in that private facility. Private prisons have been part of the system for quite some years now, specifically for involvement in corrections....   [tags: company, pay, private, cost ] 1203 words
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Supermax Prisons: Harmful or Necessary? - In the 1970s, prison was a dangerous place. Prison violence and the high numbers of disruptive inmates led prison authorities to seek new ways to control prisoners. At first, prison staff sought to minimize contact with prisoners by keeping them in their cells for a majority of the day. As time went on, the prison authorities began to brainstorm the idea of having entire prisons dedicated to using these kind of procedures to control the most violent and disruptive inmates. By 1984, many states began construction on super-maximum prisons....   [tags: reducing prison violence and danger]
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America Needs Private Prisons - Reminisce back into the elementary school days, where hundreds of kids start to line up for food at the cafeteria. Now picture that cafeteria stuffed with multitudes of bunk beds side by side in which the whole school has to sleep in. Any parent would disapprove of a living situation that is similar to that, but all over the nation, prisoners are facing those exact problems. With the rise of the prison population in America, prisons all over the nation fear what could lead to huge detrimental consequences, one of which is overcrowding....   [tags: Prison Reform, Prison Privatization]
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Substance Abuse and Prisons - Substance abuse is a national problem. Prisons are overcrowded with these types of offenders. People will do anything to get these drugs ranging from petty theft to murder. People with substance abuse problems know no boundaries. All they think about is how they are going to get that drug for that day. Substance abusers do not care who they hurt or why they hurt them. A lot of people that are addicted hurt the people they love the most like children and parents. People in the prison system that has been convicted of violent crimes most of them say that they were under the influence of some type of drug or alcohol....   [tags: prison, treatment, addiction] 953 words
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The Overcrowding of Prisons - According to Mark Early, president of the Prison Fellowship International, the Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows that there are 19 states that have prisons operating at 100 percent capacity and another 20 are falling right behind them. There is no wonder why the overcrowding of prisons is being discussed everywhere. Not to mention how serious this predicament is and how serious it can get. Many of the United States citizens don’t understand why this is such a serious matter due to the fact that some of them believe it’s not their problem....   [tags: Taxpayers, Prisoners]
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Prisons for Profit - Prisons for Profit When the average person thinks of a prison, what is often the thought that comes to mind. Perhaps an environment of reform is envisioned, or maybe a place for punishment. Maybe someone sees them as modern leper colonies, where countries send their undesirables. It could be that prisons are all of these things, or they could be none. With these ambiguities in the general definition of a prison it is easy to say that the everyday person could have no real critical perspective on what they truly are....   [tags: military, complex, profit] 1464 words
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Overpopulation of Prisons - For the past thirty years, the prison population has increased substantially. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has documented that its population has increased 60 percent since the year 2000. Increases in inmate population are causing many prisons throughout the United States to operate over maximum capacity. Several jails throughout the United States have experienced protests due to overcrowding conditions. Many theories argue the reason of overcrowding and possible solutions. It is not my intention to prove why the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and jails like Metropolitan Dentation Center (MDC) are overcrowded, but rather how the over populated facilities affect inmates, corrections officers, and the...   [tags: Effects, Inmates, Officers, Taxpayers]
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Are Prisons Effective? - Are Prisons Effective. Imprisonment; is it beneficial or non-beneficial. This argument is presented from the viewpoint of both sides of this issue. One group, "The Council on Crime in America", is pro-incarceration; while on the other side of this issue, " The National Criminal Justice Commission", is con-incarceration. Both sides have presented their viewpoints clearly and factually. Those who are for incarceration present their opinions in such a way as to sway the reader toward accepting what they say as the only answer to fight back against the growing crime rate....   [tags: Papers Criminal System Jail Prison Crime Essays] 1488 words
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Deciphering The Federal Bureau of Prisons - Standing as one the most dominant agencies operating within the criminal justice system, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is a detrimental factor that has proven to materialize the very aspects of which to expand the dynamics of maintaining care, control, and custody of federal inmates. Albeit as it may that the agency’s establishment fails to loom too far into the crevices of history, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has surpassed a multitude of platforms that has propelled its strengths today far beyond what its founders could have imagined....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Establishment of Needle and Syringe in Prisons - Introduction The purpose of this essay is to indicate how the needle and syringe program in prisons will benefit the Australian government as well as the wider Australian community. As well as the maintenance of NSPs can be maintained while acknowledging concerns of those against it. Needle and syringe programs (NSP) are aimed at intravenous drug users, so as to prevent and limit blood borne diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. These NSP programs help drug addicts by supplying needles and also through referrals and provide education among other services....   [tags: Australian government policies]
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The Negative Benefits of Private Prisons - ... As the business expands so does the belief that they will save the state money by “5 to 20% of per-prisoner costs” (Benefield); however, where do these savings come from or how accurate are these numbers. According to the General Accounting Office report from August of 2000, it could not be proven that privately-owned prisons saved any money (Gainsborough); so, where are the statistical savings coming from. Companies specializing in privatization of prisons, such as the Tennessee-based CCA, may be cheaper when it comes to department by department costs, but the largest expense is not in the running of the prison, but paying said company....   [tags: cost, management, services, inmates] 630 words
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Abuse and Victimization in US Prisons - ... If they are not talked about you would never know that the person was diagnosed with anything.Some commonly known illnesses would be : ADD/ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder),PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),Autism, Depression ,and eating disorders like bulima and anorexia. The lesser known illnesses include : SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Schizophrenia ,Bipolar and personality disorders. There is also a increase in dual-diagnosis , in which the person is diagnosed with both a mental disorder and substance abuse ( alcohol and or percription or non-perscrption drugs)....   [tags: mental illness, inmates] 632 words
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Prisons - Introduction Longitudinal research has been conducted comparing the rate of violence in male and female prisons. It is important to do research on this topic because it does not only lead to the conclusion of where is violence prevalent, but focuses on other aspects as well. It focuses on the psychological, social, and sexual side of the inmate. This topic does not only focus on who has the highest rates of violence, but why does that sex have a higher rate. This topic looks deeper at the differences between male and female inmates and what causes them to have high rates of violence....   [tags: Social Issues, Rates of Violence] 2474 words
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Analysis of Personality Disorders in Prisons - The overflowing prisons and the increase in diagnosis in mental illness, specifically personality disorders, relating to criminal activity suggests that our society and criminal justice system need to reanalyze and alter the psychological rehabilitation programs in order to effectively reduce and prevent crime. By analyzing specific aspects of prisons and personality disorders, we can objectively interpret the information for use in improving the criminal justice system. Concepts such as the prevalence of personality disorders in prison communities; the relationships between certain crimes and disorders, the idea of institutionalization, as well as possible treatments withi...   [tags: Borderline Personality and Criminality]
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The Privatization of American Prisons - The Privatization of American Prisons Introduction Since 1984, the California Penal System has been forced to undergo drastic changes resulting from increased legislation aimed at increasing the severity of retribution to offenders leading to an exponentially increasing prison population. In the 132 years between 1852 and 1984, the state of California built twelve prisons, but has since supplemented the prison system with 21 new facilities. In 1977, the California Department of Corrections was responsible for 19,600 inmates....   [tags: Prison Jail Private Essays] 4430 words
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The Overcrowding Problem in Prisons - ... The courts always find themselves with minimal options since the number of non-custodial options is limited. Additionally, the non-custodian measures are limited in their use since fewer people have confidence in them, and due to inadequate funding for their operation, less public support, and the fear that people will perceive the authorities as soft to crime. Therefore, imprisonment becomes the best alternative eventually resulting in overcrowding (Moller et al., 2007). Lastly, overcrowding can be directly associated with the misuse of imprisonment....   [tags: imprisonment, socioeconomic, health] 1784 words
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The Overcrowding of Prisons and Jails - Prison overcrowding is a serious issue that is rapidly growing in the United States. Since the 19th Century it has been plaguing the criminal justice system and has rolled over to our modern prison system. Overcrowding is more complex than what people see on the outside looking in. There are multiple reasons that contribute to the increase population of inmates. Throughout the years, there has been an ongoing debate on what the causes are and how they can be improved. Since the early years, prison populations have been rising at an enormous rate....   [tags: War on Drugs, Cruel and Unusual Punishment]
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Early Prisons, Law, and Punishments - ... This sealed building pumps toxic gas into a sealed chamber filled with prisoners. which a poisonous or asphyxiant gas is introduced, usually used on a mass of prisoners all at once. After the first set of laws and punishments, new laws came into action. When the kings or judges realized that the laws didn’t stop criminals they made new punishments. Public hanging became popular. Some criminals were lightly punished and some were killed (Punishment and Corrections in American History). To deter crime judges would sentence criminals to mutilation, burning and branding....   [tags: criminals, judges, corrections]
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Privatization of American Prisons - Introduction: In America today, there is a trend in corrections of taking the duty of running prisons out of the hands of state and federal authorities and contracting it out to private organizations. Along with the drift to privatization is a plethora of research pertaining to the subject taking many different approaches to analyzing the effectiveness. The majority of research focuses on one of three areas. The first questioning whether or not it is cost effective to make the switch. The second being the ethical problems that can and have risen from the privatization of prisons....   [tags: State, Federal Authorities, Private Organizations]
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Jails, Prisons, and Rehabilitation - Prisons and jails are both referred to as incarcerations. A prison is where people get physically confined and lack personal freedom, and also those awaiting trails and those serving a term exceeding one year are confined here, while a jail is where inmates are housed prior to their trials on local level and those serving a term of one year or less. The society is protected from the offenders by them being confined in prisons, where their behaviors can be monitored, or they can be placed in community-based facilities which are secured and also offer an opportunity for the prisoners to acquire skills and knowledge through work related activities....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Jails and Prisons Comparison - Prisons and jails hold some similar characteristics but are completely different models in which they serve in the criminal justice system. Some of the types of crimes that America faces today are: violent crimes, property, white collar or organized crime, and public order crimes (Worrall, 2008). The criminal justice system sets the regulations and policies of how an offender will be held accountable for their inappropriate actions. The criminal justice system is a process that takes time and money from society....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Overcrowded Jails and Prisons - ... I agree with that but also on the other hand give that prisoner a chance to redeem him/her self, and lets help them become a productive member of society again by rehabilitation. "1 and 100 Americans are behind bars, that is approximately 2.3 million people."(Gordon) America alone houses more citizens than any other country. Over population of prisons and jails is and will continue to be a problem for America. Critics believe that jails and prisons typically fail to rehabilitate there prisoners that in fact they exploit them for cheap labor which in return causes the overcrowding....   [tags: inmates, iprisoners, crime, rehab]
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Increased Population of Prisons - Overcrowded prisons and improper punishment systems are enormous social issues for our government. The United States has seen steady growth in its prisons. A projected increment in seen due to “get-tough” policies that locks up offenders for longer sentences (Ohlemacher, 2007, para. 1). The correction system had been through various phases of transformation, and the government had been tough on crime; this approach had resulted in rising prison populations. There are many factors that cause overcrowding prisons in the United States....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 1612 words
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Injustices in American Prisons - America is a melting pot, as I’m sure you have heard a million times before. However, one place in this country where the minority group is comprised not only of one race, but rather multiple ones, lies in the America’s prison system. The majority of people in this country are free. As of 2009, the rate of incarceration in our country was 743 per 100,000 people, or 0.743% (“Incarceration in the United States,” 2014). In a country of over 300 million people, I would say that a group of two million people would constitute a minority....   [tags: minority groups, blacks, hispanics]
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Suicide in Male Prisons - I chose the article, “An exploratory analysis of the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale in male prison inmates” (Smith et al., 2013). In this article, a study is presented, in which inmates are given various scales/questionnaires to self-report life events that could cause them to contemplate or attempt suicide. “Worldwide, suicide is the leading cause of death in prison inmates and accounts for half of the deaths in prisons” (Smith et al., 2013). Due to there not being any studies on the theories behind suicide and prison inmates, this study used the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale on a select number of inmates....   [tags: article analysis, scales, inmates]
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The Purpose of Prisons - The Purpose of Prisons In prisons today, rehabilitation, deterrence, incapacitation, and retribution are all elements that provide a justice to society. Prisons effectively do their part in seeing that one if not more of these elements are met and successfully done. If it were not for these elements, than what would a prison be good for. It is highly debated upon whether or not these elements are done properly. It is a fact that these are and a fact that throughout the remainder of time these will be a successful part of prison life....   [tags: Papers] 560 words
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Privatization of American Prisons: a System for Profit - Abstract The subject of this paper will be a compilation of research on the privatization of American prisons. This will include the reasons for, the historical aspects of, and the ethical and legal problems that it can and has caused. The research methods that will be used to develop this research paper will be done through both classical use of books and use of internet-based sources. This topic is important for analysis because the privatization of American prisons is a subject that raises many ethical and legal questions on its legitimacy and effectiveness as a means of correction....   [tags: Politics Prison ]
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Supermaximum Security Prisons - The correctional system has tried to determine what the best method for dealing with criminals is, particularly criminals who are deemed to be the "worst criminal" type. There are two different models that have been suggested, the dispersion model and the consolidation model. To define it simply, the dispersion model "scatters offenders with unusually dangerous histories or disruptive behavioral patterns throughout the correctional system, thus avoiding a concentration of such offenders in any one location" (Hickey, 2010, p....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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America’s Prisons and Their Effects On Society - Every civilization in history has had rules, and citizens who break them. To this day governments struggle to figure out the best way to deal with their criminals in ways that help both society and those that commit the crimes. Imprisonment has historically been the popular solution. However, there are many instances in which people are sent to prison that would be better served for community service, rehab, or some other form of punishment. Prison affects more than just the prisoner; the families, friends, employers, and communities of the incarcerated also pay a price....   [tags: law, police, goverment]
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Different Categories of Prisons in United States - ... A minimum security prison typically has a single fence around its perimeter; there is usually no regular patrol of the fence, although it is monitored by guards (in some rural locations, there may be no fence at all). As the inmates are incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, there are far fewer violent incidents in minimum security prisons compared to medium and maximum security prisons. Many minimum security prisons are actually camps or farms situated on or near military bases, larger prisons or government facilities....   [tags: minimium, medium, maxium, sercurity] 787 words
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American Intervention: Prisons in the United States - ... In fact, as of right now United States is number one for the most imprisonments in every year. What other countries can do to help the United States is transport prisoners to ally countries so there can be room for more; monitor prison overcrowding, examine best practices, and look how to alleviate jail overcrowding. A major reason for overcrowding is the imperfections of the justice system. Prison overcrowding impacts all criminal justice systems. The Justice system, for all of the Justice it brings, isn’t perfect....   [tags: overcrowding, justice, criminal]
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The Effects of Overcrowded Conditions in US Prisons - ... (Thompson)” Although race- based security tactics like this may be founded upon by society; the prisons essentially have no choice. The prison system in the United States stands “plagued by some of the worst race-based gang violence in the country” according to Christie Thompson of ProPubica. For example, in April 2013 several inmates were taken to the hospital from a Los Angeles jail after a fight between 60 black and Hispanic inmates (Thompson). Unfortunately this creative tactics lead to a lawsuit due to the race- based separation of inmates....   [tags: American judicial and penitentiary systems] 1549 words
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The Overcrowding, Gangs and Substance Abuse in Prisons - The overcrowding issues in prisons, the gangs in prisons and the illegal drugs and substances. In this assignment, I will be discussing respectively in order on these three issues and what can be done to correct it. In additions, I will be discussing about what I would do to rectify these issues if I were in charge, I will be using my own ideas along with the researches from credible sources to support my ideas. First, I would like to discuss about the overcrowding issues in prisons. Prison is not a good and enjoyable place to be in a first place however, more people are going to prison....   [tags: correctional systems, criminal justice]
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Prisons May Cause Individuals to Reoffend - Introduction Currently, statistics indicate that 60 percent of criminals have reoffended at some point in their lifetimes. Many argue that prison causes an individual to reoffend, however many oppose this belief and argue that other factors cause a high rate of reoffending. This controversial topic raises multiple questions regarding prison and its role in reoffending, as well as what other factors can cause an individual to reoffend. The question then raised is: “to what extent does prison cause an individual to reoffend?” This question will help to determine the major factors causing individuals to reoffend, as well as give insight into additional statistics related to the topic....   [tags: criminals, multiple crimes] 1613 words
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Prisons and the UK Criminal Justice System - ... 7).The cost of incarcerating prisoners was actually £63.4 billion a year as explained by CBS News (2012). The US penal system’s key focus is on punishment, with the belief that “harsh conditions of imprisonment are purposeful (and) must be unpleasant in order to deter” Selke (1993 pg.59) . The USA has a large number of maximum security prisons where offenders can find themselves in solitary confinement with twenty four hour a day monitoring. Offenders are removed from society and interactions with others....   [tags: crime, prisoners, rehabilitation] 1808 words
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The Survival Game: The Solution for Overcrowed Prisons - ... The next year when the other tributes are being rounded up the winner from the previous year will join them for another fight and if the same prisoner wins five years in a row he will be granted freedom and pardon of their crimes. One advantage of this bill is it will help get the nation financially. The government will be able to profit from the money that is gained from the yearly shows and off of the selling of the dead tributes bodies to zoo and cannibal tribes. Because the government will need someone to test the bodies for diseases, process and package the bodies, ship the merchandise, and set up the arena for the yearly survival games; this bill will create new jobs for inner citi...   [tags: convicts, body, advantage]
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Incarceration and Private Prisons in the United States - ... has been a source of enormous profits, as the exponential growth of incarceration statistics and incomes are closely related. Although correlation does not imply causation, the U.S. Justice Department is quoted in stating a 1600% increase in private prison inmates from 1990 to 2009, even though private prisons have only been around for about thirty years (Heather C. West, et.al. 2010). The GEO Group, Inc., 2010 Annual Report states GEO made $1.27 billion in profits, while a 2010 Letter to Shareholders stated Corrections Corporation of America generated nearly $1.7 billion in revenue, making them the two largest private prison corporations in the world....   [tags: Discrimination, Legal System] 1276 words
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Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons - Introduction Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined as brain damage resulting from open of closed head trauma where the former refers to a penetrating injury often from gun shots while the latter refers to trauma arising from an injury caused by a blunt object. Some of the general causes of TBI include motor vehicle crashes, blasts such as those experienced by military personnel, concussions suffered during sports and recreational activities and falls. Once a person suffers a TBI, they usually undergo personality changes where one is seen to be aggressive or irritable and these changes are revealed through explosive outbursts, which happen on minimal provocation or without warning....   [tags: open to closed head trauma, brain damage]
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Current Situation Regarding Prisons and Punishment - ... (Exodus 21:24) Finally, restorative justice is the theory of punishment endorsed by the Catholic Church. Consedine (1999) explains that restorative justice “moves from punishment to reconciliation, from vengeance against offenders to healing for victims, from alienation and harshness to community and wholeness, from negativity and destructiveness to healing, forgiveness and mercy.” Pope John Paul II said “Not to promote the interest of prisoners would be to make imprisonment a mere act of vengeance of the part of society, provoking only hatred in the prisoners themselves.” (July, 2000) This statement illustrates the Catholic Church’s detest and rebuking of retributive punishment....   [tags: Catholic perspective, Salvation Army] 1766 words
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Attica Prison Riot and Prison Reform - We live in a society today filled with crime and fear. We are told not to go out after a certain hour, always move in groups, and even at times advised to carry a weapon on ourselves. There is only one thing that gives us piece of mind in this new and frightening world we live in: the American penal system. We are taught when growing up to believe that all of the bad people in the world are locked up, far out of sight and that we are out of reach of their dangerous grasp. Furthermore, the murderers and rapists we watch on television, we believe once are caught are to be forgotten and never worried about again....   [tags: Society, Crime, Fear, Prisons]
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The Public-Private Prison Debate - California is suffering from a crisis in the prison system. Its facilities are operating at double capacity and " grossly deficient medical care" is the cause of at least one inmate death per week (Wood, 2008, para. 2). Because of this need for reform, the federal government is stepping in to direct the state prison’s operating procedure. Although the financial choices of each state should be free from federal control, the federal government is still known to put pressure on states to make decisions, especially when lawsuits arise....   [tags: Private vs. Public Prisons]
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The Changing of the Guard: A Progressive Study of the Privatization of Prisons - The Changing of the Guard: A Progressive Study of the Privatization of Prisons Abstract Privatization of prisons is not exactly a novel concept. The Federal Government has been contracting out such things as the building of new prisons, the operating of prisons, and providing goods and services to prisons since 2003. Some of the companies that the government trusts to do all of this are Corrections Corporation of America, and The GEO Service Group, formerly known as Wackenhut. Although the government sees this step as a cost cutting measure, this change has not come without its problems also its detractors....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Quality of Health Care and Services for the Mentally Ill in Prisons - Only One-third of all mentally ill prisoners are treated for their illness or disorder as other mentally ill prisoners receive little to no treatment or even diagnosis at all. Another big problem with the quality of health care and services in prison for the mentally ill is insufficient supplies that are needed for these prisoners. In 2008, it was estimated that American's prisons cost over $50 billion dollars to run and operate, that is also the of year of the huge financial crisis. Health care has increased in price in prisons because of the increase of mentally ill prisoners that need much assistance in their illness or disorder....   [tags: no treatment, no supplies] 611 words
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Prisons in a Truly Christian Society - Prisons in a Truly Christian Society There could be no such thing as a prison in a truly Christian society. People who would disagree with this statement would argue that there is no better way of punishing a person, and it is the lesser of two evils, we could give them community service, but then they would be liable to roam the streets. Prison is order and protection; it protects society from criminals and reduces crime....   [tags: Papers] 341 words
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The Need for Prisons in Britain - The Need for Prisons in Britain The prison population in England and Wales currently stands at 71,800. According to the Home Office estimate this figure is projected to rise to 83,500 by 2008. Similarly in Scotland, which has a separate legal system and its own private service, there are similar pressures. Prisons can be successful in their four aims: retribution, protection, deterrence and rehabilitation. Reconviction rates are at a substantial low, but is that enough. Whilst compared with the problems facing prisons aquestion arises, 'is it really prisons Britain needs?' There are several other approaches to punishing, deterring and rehabilitating offenders whilst...   [tags: Papers] 2033 words
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Private Prisons and Interest Groups - Private Prisons and Interest Groups Privately owned prisons began to emerge in the mid-1980s. These prisons emerged because of the ideological imperatives of the free market, the huge increase in the number of prisoners, and the substantial increase in imprisonment costs. (1) Proponents of privatized prisons put forward a simple case: The private sector can do it cheaper and more efficiently. Corporations such as Correction Corporation of America and Wackenhut promised design and management innovations without reducing costs or sacrificing quality of service....   [tags: Papers] 2656 words
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Just Say No to Private Prisons - Just Say No to Private Prisons Here's a frightening scenario: Ghetto dwellers, who cannot find meaningful and high paid employment, commit crimes with increasing ferocity and frequency. Then, upon being arrested, tried and convicted, they are sent to prison where they suddenly are employed doing the very same tasks they could not pursue in the real world. Prisons are a growth industry in America, some even becoming major manufacturers and suppliers of day labor. It's happening right now, right here in the U.S., all in the name of profit margins....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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The Psychological Effects of Prisons - The Psychological Effects of Prisons "I have visited some of the best and the worst prisons and have never seen signs of coddling, but I have seen the terrible results of the boredom and frustration of empty hours and pointless existence" -former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger "If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 out of every 20 persons (5.1%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime. -U.S. Department of Justice One of the largest problems with the prison issue in America today is that it gets little attention....   [tags: Papers] 1146 words
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Role of Prisons in Reducing Recidivism - Role of Prisons in Reducing Recidivism The role of prisons and prison wardens in reducing recidivism is a major concern today. With programs initialized in the prison systems, recidivism rates still have stayed about the same for forty years. Almost two-thirds of prisoners will be arrested after their release, and of those, half will return to prison for a new crime. The obstacle faced by professionals to change behavior is a multi-layered complex problem that needs to be addressed in our society today....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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California Needs Prison Health Care Reform - California, the Golden State, a place where people from around the world come to for the consistent sunshine, and fun-filled atmosphere. California is home to the largest prison population in the United States. There are now thirty-three institutions, which house approximately 170,000 inmates. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), it costs taxpayers about $51,000 per a year to house, feed, clothe, and provide healthcare for each inmate. The health care costs about $16,000, which includes, dental, medical, speciality care, mental health, and medication for each inmate (LAO, 18 Mar 2010)....   [tags: prisons, healthcare]
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The Inmate Subculture in United States Prisons: An Overview - The Inmate Subculture in United States Prisons: An Overview The Subculture Phenomena within Prisons To be able to discuss the issue of the inmate sub-cultures in prison I will first have to discuss what subcultures are and major reasons that they form. First of all the term subculture in general is kind of like a small culture within and not always accepted by members of a larger one known as a society. Societies as a whole are very large and contain many individuals within them, and let us face it it is human nature to group together or congregate with individuals that have similar interests....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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The Need for Tougher Prisons -   The purpose of the prison system was meant to be a deterrent to crime, as a preventative measure and to those who have already committed crimes, it is supposed to keep them from coming back. Obviously this did not work, today there are overcrowded jails and courts that look to any other way to punish a criminal besides jail time. The other options do not work either, they have not reduced the prison population nor have they created a sort of fear of being punished that a tougher system might do(Faugeron 5)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics Crime]
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What to Do about the Issue of Overcrowded Prisons in the US - ... This cost varies but average to about $14,000-$60.000per inmate depending on the state. But a state’s cost per-inmate has little to do with effectiveness or efficiency. It is not always good to have low inmate costs due to the results of overcrowding, nor is it a good thing to have higher inmate costs which may be due to cost that help reduce reoffending inmates. The more appropriate object is to be cost-effective by spending resources effectively to get the best possible result, both as in individual cost for those who return to the community and as to improved public safety The facts expressed from “Drug War Facts”, “On Dec....   [tags: 88% inmates is for substance abuse issues]
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Juveniles in Adult Prisons - Juveniles in Adult Prisons A deep look into juveniles in adult prisons. Touch bases on several smaller issues that contribute to juveniles being in and effects of adult prisons. The United States Bureau of Prisons handles two hundred and thirty-nine juveniles and their average age is seventeen. Execution of juveniles, The United States is one of only six countries to execute juveniles. There are sixty-eight juveniles sitting on death row for crimes committed as juveniles. Forty-three of those inmates are minorities....   [tags: Papers] 1610 words
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The Effectiveness of Prison Education Rehabilitation - ... Although problems still exist, Education can target the most prevalent ones reaching to the root of the problem. Pont makes a very startling point, “Prisons today reek of idleness” (23). The old saying that goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” can aptly apply to prisoners with nothing to do. Inmates should have the resources, abilities, and encouragement, to get their minds off their past life and channel it into a productive task. “Prison Studies Project”, a program that is working toward education and police change, deduces the following, “Prison education is far more effective at reducing recidivism than boot camps, “shock” incarceration, or vocational training, according to th...   [tags: solving illiteracy rates in US prisons]
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Racism in the Criminal Justice System - Is the Criminal Justice system racist. This question has been asked many times by people of many colors. According to Mac Donald (2008), the criminal justice system is not at all racist. The article depicts arrest rates of both whites and blacks and compares statistics on these arrests. It looks at the number of whites and the number of blacks in jails and prisons. In this critique, we will be looking into this article to see these points in which Mac Donald states proves that the criminal justice system is, in fact, not a racist one....   [tags: Prisons, Jails] 1262 words
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The Existence of Prisons in a Truly Christian Society - The Existence of Prisons in a Truly Christian Society All societies have different forms of punishment for people who break the law, some of these punishments are; the death penalty, imprisonment and fines. In this question I will explore both sides of the argument. Firstly I will be talking about the ideas of prisons not existing in a truly Christian society then compare them to those of prisons existing. Christians believe that God is merciful and compassionate; this therefore gives the sinner the chance to repent and to turn away from their sins....   [tags: Free Essays] 394 words
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Racism, Prisons, and the Future of Black America - Racism, Prisons, and the Future of Black America I came upon an article bearing the above title after entering the word ‘race’ into my web browser search bar. After skimming through the article, I became interested in the topic and decided it would be worthy for using in my Race in the Media Analysis. The topic mentioned is that of the staggering number of Blacks within American prisons. In the year the article was published (2000), the number of incarcerated Blacks were slightly over half of the entire American prison population of roughly 2 million....   [tags: essays research papers] 761 words
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Sheding the Light on the Privatization of Prisons from the Costs Point of View - ... A coalition of taxpayers sent a letter to the 48 governors encouraging them to reject the offer; it is costly and dangerous and weakens the state. In sum, the article show the public discourse of privatization and its alleged cost savings to the taxpayers. The occupied bed mandate in the contract has a direct correlation to the cost of operating a private prison, and making a comparison to a government facility dogmatic (The American Press, 2013). Influences on the Business Decision to Privatize In 2002, in a paper written by Price: Economics, ideology, politics, and profits: What drives prison privatization....   [tags: budget savings, profit]
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