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Alcatraz Prison - ... The prisoners could be sent to “The Hole” for harsh punishment and could stay there up to nineteen days (Welcome to Alcatraz). Also, Cell block D was used for solitary confinement for talking or disobeying (Oliver, 70). Straight jackets, and tightening the handcuffs were also quite common as punishment (Oliver, 71). The inmates were divided into three groups according to the degree of crimes they committed. The third group was the most troubled prisoners (Welcome to Alcatraz). They could have no reading material, no contact with any family, and were to be silent at all times (Welcome to Alcatraz)....   [tags: Federal Prison, The Rock] 1265 words
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Alternatives to Prison - Alternatives to Prison Prisons, facilities maintained for confining people convicted of committing crimes, were used to rehabilitate offenders while keeping them isolated from the community. The Quakers built the first prison in 1790 in order to seclude criminal offenders from society to think about their wrongdoing and to seek forgiveness in a kind, and spiritual environment. (Inciardi 497) Currently, there are three types of prisons within the Federal, State, and County governments. These are categorized by the degree of security they provide....   [tags: Jail Prison Crime Criminals Justice Essays]
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The Effect of Prison on Inmates - The Effect of Prison on Inmates Prison has been around in human society for many millions of years. Having someone who disobeyed the law of that village, town, city or country punished in some form of institution, cutting them off from people, is a common concept – a popular and supposedly “needed” process society has taken to doing for many years now has been put under the spotlight many times by many different figures and people in society. The question remains – do prisons only make people worse....   [tags: Prison Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1768 words
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Prison Term Policy - Prison Term Policy The members of the state legislature have hired me, a criminologist advisor to work for the state implementing a new bill on doubling a maximum sentence for anyone convicted of armed robbery....   [tags: Criminology Prison Term] 772 words
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Prison - We all know that our prisons are the final frontier for the socially rejected criminals and violent offenders. We know that our prisons are so overcrowded that the Supreme Court of California issued a court order to reduce the number of inmates. We know that since there are more inmates in prison the chance of getting rehabilitated is very slim. And we also know that the ratio of supervision of guard to inmate is extremely high. But do we know what goes on in our prisons and jails. We know we have prison gangs, drugs, assaults, robberies, and even murders in prison....   [tags: essays research papers] 1478 words
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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Prison System - Missing Works Cited Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Prison System The failure of imprisonment has been one of the most noticeable features of the current crisis in criminal justice systems. At best, prisons are able to provide a form of crude retribution to those unfortunate to be apprehended. At worst, prisons are brutalizing, cannot be shown to rehabilitate or deter offenders, and are detrimental to the re-entry of offenders into society. If anything, they do little else than confine most prisoners, and as a result lead to the imposition of certain undesirable learning habits and labels....   [tags: Prison Jail Correctional Facility Crime] 1803 words
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Drugs in the Prison System - Drugs in the Prison System This research paper will consist of an analysis of the use and abuse of illicit drugs within the prison systems on a global basis. With information gathered from various sources such as the internet and one on one interviews with an inmate in a male correctional facility and a former inmate of a female correctional facility I intend to show the rampant flow of drugs in and out of the prison system, the control of (or lack there of) by prison officials, the drug gangs and dealers in correctional facilities, the rate of addiction, and treatments available to inmates suffering from addiction....   [tags: Drug Trafficking Jail Prison Essays Narcotics]
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The Ethics of the Stanford Prison Experiment - When put into the position of complete authority over others people will show their true colors. I think that most people would like to think that they would be fair, ethical superiors. I know I would, but learning about the Stanford Prison Experiment has made me question what would really happen if I was there. Would I be the submissive prisoner, the sadistic guard, or would I stay true to myself. As Phillip Zimbardo gave the guards their whistles and billy clubs they drastically changed without even realizing it....   [tags: Stanford Prison Experiment, psychology, criminal j] 923 words
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History of Andersonville Prison - History of Andersonville Prison When one turns on the television today they are made witness to all the crimes that are present in society. It is impossible to sit through thirty-five minutes of news without anger and rage becoming aroused. This is because society is bothered by infinitesimal paraphernalia. Society also believes in human rights and punishment for those who violate such rights. Yet what constitutes humanity. Ever sit there and watch the news and wonder just how far humanity reaches....   [tags: Andersonville Prison Civil War History Essays]
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Prison Growth In American From 1970-2008 - Why has there been a massive growth of the prison industry in America since the 1970's. Since the 1970's there has been a steady increase in the prison population where statistics now show from the BJS that more than one in every 100 adults are now imprisoned. Statistics from the "PEW" state that one in 30 men between the ages of 20-34 are behind bars; however just because there is an increase in the numbers it does not mean it's due to an increase in crime. To further emphasize just how significant the growth is, the population in 1970 was around 300,000 but now the population in 2008 is over 2.3 million (BJS 2006)....   [tags: Prison Prisoners Jail]
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Behind Convict's Eyes by Cerceral Prison - "Behind a Convict's Eyes" by K.C. Cerceral Introduction This paper is about the book 'Behind a Convict's Eyes' by K.C. Cerceral. This book was written by a young man who enters prison on a life sentence and describes the world around him. Life in prison is a subculture of its own, this subculture has its own society, language and cast system. The book describes incidents that have happen in prison to inmates. With this paper I will attempt to explain the way of life in a prison from an inmate's view....   [tags: Behind Convict's Eyes Cerceral Prison Essays]
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Is Prison Privatization Really a Long Term Fix? - Prison Privatization is a term used for which local, state and federal correction facilities hire companies from the private sector to run prisons and provide prison-related services. Some private companies are contracted only to provide things such as medical care, counseling, food services, and maintenance within publicly owned jails and prisons. Today, more and more private companies are being contracted to not only design and build, but also to operate new jails and prisons on both the state and federal level....   [tags: Prison Reform, criminal justice, ]
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Prison Life - Prison Life Most people have no idea what it feels like to be in prison, statistically only one out of every five people will know what its like to be in prison. Approximately 1.4 million people out of the U.S.’s 280 million people are in prison. (Thomas, 2) The only reason people know about prisons is because of the media. The news, movies, and books all contribute to people's stereotypes about prisons. Prisoners receive three meals a day, workout facilities, a library, as well as other things....   [tags: criminal justice, research papers] 1917 words
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Prison Nurseries - ... This assumption encompasses the belief that permitting these types of housing arrangements between inmates and their infants results in a better outcome in the mother-child relationship, and may even help the in rehabilitation of the mother, (Byrne et al., 2010). In actuality, Byrne’s study reveals that relationship factors have failed to receive experimental attention prior to this research. It is also stated that: Additionally, advocacy and lay literatures on this topic blend bonding, mother–child interaction, and attachment concepts, creating difficulty in determining the extent to which there is consistency in underlying principles and providing inadequate clarity to foster valid measurement of maternal–infant relationship outcomes....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Prison Overcrowding - ... Due to the number of inmates, certain prison facilities had to be used for housing and sleeping areas. This affects the daily schedules of the inmates. Eating times were shortened and recreational periods had to be changed in order to allow all inmates equal time (O’Leary). Many claim prison overcrowding is robbing prisoners of proper and humane treatment. In fact, it is truth. With the increase in prison population, more and more rehabilitation programs had to be taken away as well as many other recreational activities....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Prison Procedure, - In dealing with Prison Procedure, I feel that many things are put into perspective all the way from intake to the release of an inmate back into the community or until they have served their sentence and their time is up. Everything in a prison must be on close watch. The workers should be watched just as well as the inmates. All the prisons procedures should be followed under a very strict manner to ensure that the prison functions properly and effectively. Prison procedure should be very strict in every aspect pertaining to the institution....   [tags: essays research papers] 494 words
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Prison Writing - The bleak prison world portrayed by George Jackson in his letter to Fay Stender, his attorney, develops into a concentrated and condensed view of American society. This microcosm evolves from faults within the socio-political structure of the state. Jackson draws similarities between the construct of American and prison life, which harmonised the unrest of black Americans during an era of the civil right movement. The links drawn add another dimension to the movement and the barbaric nature of American politics....   [tags: essays research papers] 1903 words
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Prison Overcrowding - ... This is a fiscally rough time for California to make that move and will cost the taxpayers of California to put money into something that is out of sight to the average everyday citizen. The people of California are still paying for a decision made by the voters over 16 years ago to punish convicted felons with more time behind bars. When it comes to the three strikes law and overcrowding in the prison system many people look to the courts to see what can be done to revamp the sentencing structure....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Prison Education - ... Cornell Prison Education Project Goals of the Organization The overall goal of the Cornell education prison project is to allow inmates to receive a free two year degree. Jim Schechter, the executive director, stated that the overall goal of the organization is to be able to provide an education for inmates no matter what their records are, no matter how long they will be incarcerated, whether it is for a short time or a lifetime. Cornell University Prison project wants to be able to assist the students, so that they can have a set of skills and the ability to be productive and engaged citizens, whether they are in prison or out in the community....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Prison Gangs - One of the major problems of corrections today is the security threat group or more commonly known as the prison gang. A security threat group (S.T.G.) can be defined as any group of offenders who pose a treat to the security and physical safety of the institution. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, prison gangs focused primarily on uniting inmates for self protection and the monopolization of illegal prison activities for monetary gain (F.B.P., 1994, p. 2). S.T.G.’s are mostly divided along racial lines and practice some sort of defiance towards authority....   [tags: Papers Violence Gang Essays Papers]
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Gangs in Prison - ... It has around 50,000 members. If one wants to join the gang, one has to be black and must be nominated by an existing member. They have a symbol of a dragon that is attacking a gun tower of a prison. This gang is still growing in most of the American prisons with some of its members outside the confinement. The Folk Nation The Folk nation was founded in 1978, in Chicago, along with the People Nation. The Folk Nation groups include the Black Disciples, Black Gangster Disciples, the Gangster Disciples, the Latin Eagles, and many other groups (Chris, 2008)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Andersonville Prison - Andersonville Prison I was excited to learn of this assignment because I recently made a trip to Andersonville with my Army unit in March. During the bus ride, we watched the film “Andersonville” to gain a deeper sense of what the historical site was about before we arrived. To be quite honest, the historical site itself is actually quite boring and not much is left of the original grounds....   [tags: Film Movie History Civil War] 1899 words
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Prison Violence - ... Before discussing the relationship between prison violence and paying with benefits, we have to clarify something. In Argentina, although the contact between male guards and female prisoners or between female guards and male prisoners is forbidden, there have been several cases where this law has been broken. There is the case where female guards are used by male guards to have access to certain female prisoners. As we can see, it is a matter of abuse of power. The guard asks the prisoner for sex or sexual favors in exchange for benefits such as: money, food that cannot be found in prison, amenities, a report of good behavior that might lead to a reduced sentence, etc....   [tags: Criminology ] 2662 words
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The Prison Of Puberty - We the teenagers, of the people, of this world submit this list of injustices and wrong doings that mother nature has laidupon us. She has put us in a horrible prison, the prison of puberty, where our sentence is all of adolescence and our punishmentis to endure the hardship which causes many of the institutionalized personal to crack under the pressure.We protest against acne, a cruel and horrifying thing that occurs to someselected teenagers. This punishment is cruel and undeserving. At times anindividual with this dilemma may experience young children questioning chickenpox are on the ill-fated person....   [tags: essays research papers] 823 words
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Prison Reform - Prison Reform In today's society, we are facing many changes. Our own family, neighbors, and countrymen are afraid of many dangers which influence their lives. Although many people have fear which resonates in their consciousness and unconsciousness, the United States has a comparatively low crime rate. Despite this low crime rate, America incarcerates it's citizens five times the rate of Canada and seven times that of most European democracies.(Slambrouck, Paul. 24) Our society needs to be changed....   [tags: Papers] 2208 words
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The Prison of Life - ... As a result, he seeks women as a tool to be used for his carnal desires. He does not care about loving them or understanding them as he believes that he can live without women anyway, such that “after a while one could get used to anything” (77). His only reason for living is himself, rather than for the sake of someone else like Marie. As the months pass, Meursault starts to lose track of time in prison. He amuses himself be remembering his past life and what he did during the time he was free....   [tags: Literature Review]
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The Prison of Marriage - The Prison of Marriage Each morning that we wake up, life presents us with many choices. Some people are conscious of these choices, others are not. Whether one is a college student in search of a major or the man in line at a deli, the opportunity for decision seems solely one’s own. However, the surrounding factors of that person’s life will inevitably affect the decision at hand. Often, without knowing it, we are placed in a role that life, in general, expects us to fulfill. Once we find ourselves in a role, it is difficult to displace ourselves from it, and as a result, we rely on this role to aid us in our decisions....   [tags: Research Papers]
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Crime in Prison - ... All prisons are going to have issues with gangs and gang activity. One of the biggest gang rivals in our prisons is the battle between the Norteno’s and Sureno’s otherwise known as Northern and Southern Hispanic gangs. Many of these lower gang members may be ordered to attack a gang member simply due to the fact they belong to a different or rival gang. These attacks are typically well planned and will occur when they have ample backup. Most of these attacks happen when offenders are either in the yards or in the gyms when they have many of their fellow gang members around just in case they are needed to help out....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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School or Prison? - School or Prison. At Wyoming Valley West there have been too many disruptions that have given our school a negative reputation. Threats of violence were all too common. These threats affected many people involved in theschool district. They also affected the police officers that put their lives on the line to come into a building with a possible bomb inside. My senior year stands out among the rest. Coming into my senior year of high school, I hoped that I would have a nice, quiet, enjoyable, and memorable year....   [tags: Cause Effect Violence Essays] 1278 words
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A Beautiful Prison - A Beautiful Prison “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.”(Mangham). When said that love is blind, then why do fools fallow beauty. Many a fool has over looked or never seen the heart that hides behind such a silhouette. In the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, and in most daily lives the effect of physical appearance on a person’s life is immense: in that it gives and takes advantages from the characters’ lives....   [tags: Cyrano] 519 words
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The Role of the Various Prison Personnel in Maintaining Prison Security - As prisons become more crowded and internal problems arise, it is important to keep control and stability inside and outside of the prison. Although there are many security measures that can be put into place, it is hard to say whether it is the physical design of the prison or the skilled officer that makes the difference in safety and security. Both play a major role in keeping things running smoothly inside and outside the perimeters. A correctional officer is responsible for the supervision, safety, and security of prisoners in a prison....   [tags: criminal justice] 1815 words
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Prison Reform In America - Prison "Reform" in America In the essay "Prison "Reform" in America," Roger T. Pray points out the much attention that has been devoted to research to help prevent crimes. Showing criminals the errors of their ways not by brutal punishment, but by locking them up in the attempt to reform them. Robert Pray, who is a prison psychologist, is currently a researcher with the Utah Dept. of Corrections. He has seen what has become of our prison system and easily shows us that there is really no such thing as "Prison Reform" In Roger Prays essay we see how our prison system has come to where we are at now....   [tags: essays research papers] 1883 words
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The Growing Prison Population - ... The first American prison was opened in 1791. Almost seven years after opening the prison a school within the prison was started. With rehabilitation skills in mind, education played an important role in the prison population. Today, over 90% of the federal and state prisons offer a range of educational programs to inmates. With such rapid increases in the United States prison population the need for educational services in our Prison Institutions has risen. Research has revealed that the general population of prisoners lacks basic literacy skills....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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The Farce of Prison Rehabilitation - The Farce of Prison Rehabilitation     After Earl Shriner was released from Prison in 1987, he raped and strangled a seven-year-old boy, then cut off his penis and left him to die (Leo). Reginald Muldrew, who is linked to more than 200 sexual attacks, served sixteen years and was released from prison, only to create trouble again in Indiana (Leo). Did these individuals receive the right punishment or rehabilitation for their imprisonment crime.        A prison is an institution for confining and punishing people who have been convicted of committing a crime....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Problematic California Prison System - ... Legislation policies like the Third Strikes laws of 1994 have further the severity of sentencing. The shift from rehabilitation to human warehouse marks the end of an era of trying to reform individuals and the beginnings of locking inmates without preparation of their release. Along with the reform in the 1970s, prosecutors are given more discretion at the expense of judges. Prosecutors are often pressure to be tough on crime by the society that elects them and thus, highly motivated to seek higher sentencing without taking in consideration of defendants' special circumstances....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 864 words
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The Flaws of Prison Labor - The Flaws of Prison Labor The debate over prison labor has existed as long as the concept it’s self. Opponents claim that it exploits prisoners, takes away jobs from the general population, and puts people in danger by allowing convicts access to their personal information. While supporters of prison labor argue that it helps the economy as well as benefits prisoners. On this issue I stand on the side of the supporters. By having prisoners work we are accomplishing several beneficial things. First, work keeps them occupied and out of trouble, instead of getting into confrontations with other inmates, they are actually doing something productive....   [tags: Papers] 674 words
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AIDS, Prison, and Preventative Medicine: - AIDS, Prison, and Preventative Medicine The word "prison" conjures up thoughts of a dark and deviant subculture, living in a chaotic and destructive environment out of the sight and mind of mainstream America. Hollywood has skewed our views of prisoners, painting them as a seemingly irreparable subclass of humans that are only further downgraded and downtrodden by prison lives filled with violence and rape. Certainly the life of a prisoner is tough, and violence is inevitably present in prison systems where gangs frequently play a prominent role in social organization (Conover 2000)....   [tags: HIV Jail Violence Rape Papers]
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The Importance of Prison Reform - In this world we live in many feel that prisons exist to punish, not counsel, offenders. That may be true that Prisons exist for punishment, but they also have an important contribution to make to reducing re-offending by engaging prisoners in rehabilitation programs and purposeful work. Society is flawed in its thinking that by putting criminals in a place away from society we would be better off. To make it worse I am sure that more that 60 percent of Americans are against social reform because they have made up their mind that once a crook, always a crook....   [tags: Law] 964 words
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Gangs and Violence in The Prison System - ... In recent years violence has been a growing problem; in 2003 an inmate was strangled by another inmate, which led to lots of research on the concerns of staffing levels and the security of inmates. The research shows that there are a growing number of inmates and gangs members yet a decreasing number of staff and available space; this problem is becoming nationwide. For example, according to Captain Bryant with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the correctional officer to inmate ratio in the Ferguson prison unit is 1:156 and 3:200 in the Holliday unit....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Prison: Inside and Out - ... There have also been techniques to track cell phone usage coming from within prison walls. All these security measures are necessary to protect society, prison guards, and inmates alike. While different security techniques contribute to the safety of all involved it is a reactive measure. The correctional institutes also take a proactive approach by providing educational and rehabilitative programs to inmates. One of the most important of these is the substance abuse programs as the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported, “that of the 2.3 million U.S....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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The Public-Private Prison Debate - ... Culp from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that prison privatization is merely an example of a public policy that has come and gone. Policies are brought to the forefront of public and jurisdictional view and just as quickly fade into the background as new issues present themselves. In 1984, after President Reagan proposed that prisons should be privatized, one hundred fifty-eight facilities opened in the next six years. In 2003, the number of private prisons was only one hundred fifty-four (Zito, 2003)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Prison Literacy Programs - Prison Literacy Programs "It costs the government half a million bucks to keep me in jail and $450 to teach me to read and write" (ex-con cited in Porporino and Robinson 1992, p. 92). The literacy demands of the workplace and society in general are growing in complexity, and recurring linked cycles of poverty and low literacy levels put some people at increasing disadvantage. The prison population includes disproportionate numbers of the poor; those released from prisons are often unable to find employment, partly due to a lack of job and/or literacy skills, and are often reincarcerated (Paul 1991)....   [tags: Jail Reading Writing Education Essays]
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Our Prison System Sucks - Our Prison System Sucks Good afternoon ****** and fellow class mates. To many of you, the word prison might frighten you. To some, you welcome the idea of prison. To others, well, you just don't care. Well I am for the idea of prison, but I don't support the way our prisons in north america are being run. These people deserved to be punished. I don't want them to waste our money, get "paid" for television interviews, book rights and all the other goodies that come from doing a crime....   [tags: essays research papers] 495 words
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Prison Studies Considered - Prison Studies Considered In "Prison Studies" Malcolm X briefly details how, during his incarceration, he embarked on a process of self-education that forever changed him and the course of his life. Malcolm writes of his determination to learn to read and write, born out of his envy and emulation of Bimbi, a fellow prisoner. His innate curiosity, sense of pride, and ambition to learn and be someone of substance motivated him to study relentlessly. As he learned more about the world he developed a great thirst for knowledge that left him with a lifelong desire that only his continued studies could satisfy....   [tags: Essays Papers] 837 words
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Inmate's Abuse in Prison - ... Prison rape in jail can ultimately bring hierarchy between the weaker and the stronger. Although many would believe rape offenders in men’s prisons are mainly homosexuals, studies have shown that homosexuals are more likely to be sexually abused than perpetrators. In prison it is actually known that men become rapists to overpower their victims. Patriarchal systems of power, male incentive to overpower the weaker, exist both outside and inside of jail. In any community, women are seen as weak; therefore, men tend to overpower women....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Is Prison Overcrowding Fixable? - ... “Lacking education, which is to say marketable skills, confidence, and an expanded sense of possibilities, it is inevitable that many of these released prisoners—including the ones who would’ve acquired an education if it had been offered—will return to what they know best: a life of crime” (Herman 45). If the options and support available provide workable solutions for these offenders, their end result will not be re-entering the prison system but a productive life as a functional member of society....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Prison Expansion: No Benefit to Society - ... When the criminals get out of prison, they have no training in other jobs because the jobs that they do work at while in prison do not give them any training for jobs once they are out which does cost society because these ex-convicts are now collecting unemployment. The prisons do not offer any “substantial job training to encourage market growth” which would in turn help society instead of hurt it (Kishner 121-122). It is also proven that creating more prisons does not reduce the crime rate in America....   [tags: Crime & Punishment]
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Alcatraz: The Legendary Prison - Alcatraz: The Legendary Prison We stepped off the large tour boat with a look of fright in both our eyes. Some joy was there, but knowing what went on in this place made us feel the way we did. To me, Alcatraz didn't really look like a shut down prison at that moment. It looked more like an old worn down cemetery. The paint on most of the buildings was chipped off all the way down to the wood. Most of the buildings had collapsed down to some cement foundations and old rusted poles hanging every other way....   [tags: Observation Place Descriptive] 1020 words
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Eighteenth Century Prison Conditions - Eighteenth Century Prison Conditions Eighteenth century prisons had appalling conditions. The conditions in every aspect were horrendous, the cells were bare, empty rooms except for a bed and if you were lucky a fireplace with overcrowding in most prisons affecting conditions, prison was not the best place to be living unless you were rich. Most conditions were due to the fact that no one tried or attempted to rehabilitate the prisoners, prisons were just built to hold people until they were either hung or had paid off their debt....   [tags: Papers] 1479 words
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History of the Prison System - Prison is an institution for the confinement of persons convicted of criminal offenses. Throughout history, most societies have built places in which to hold persons accused of criminal acts pending some form of trial. The idea of confining persons after a trial as punishment for their crimes is relatively new. During the 15th century in Europe, the penalties for crimes were some form of corporal punishment like whippings for less serious crimes and execution or enslavement for more serious offenses....   [tags: Expository Essay, Informative Essay]
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Critique of The Stanford Prison Experiment - Critique of The Stanford Prison Experiment The Stanford Prison Experiment of 1973 raises troubling questions about the ability of individuals to exist repressive or obedient roles, if the social setting requires these roles. Philip K. Zimbardo, professor of Psychology at Stanford University, began researching how prisoners and guards assume submissive and authoritarian roles. He set out to do this by placing advertisements in a local newspaper, stating that male college students would be needed for a study of prison life paying fifteen dollars per day for one to two days....   [tags: Papers] 766 words
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Prison As A Last Resort - ... By implementing the “prison as a last resort” policy in Australia an alternative approach was developed to address criminal behaviour. In Australia the use of community service and parole were adopted more frequently (Roth, 2006). These were both components of the bigger “prison as a last resort” strategy, offering more alternatives to apply consequences for the wide range in criminal behaviour. Another pro for the “prison as a last resort” strategy may be that by placing people in jail for offences, there has not been a decline in crime rates....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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US Prison System - US Prison System There are many people who are critical of the US‘s prison sysetm; the idea of locking up those who commit crimes against a society simply to keep them from doing harm. Many say that more rehabilatation is necessary to improve these individuals and, therefore, society as a whole. What are some ways of doing this. Do you agree/disagree with this view and why. Is the prison system currently in place the best option for society. 2 pages, double spaced, 12pt. font. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink....   [tags: Jail Imprisonment Crime Law Essays] 659 words
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