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Prison Overcrowding in California - Introduction The proliferation of prison overcrowding has been a rising concern for the U.S. The growing prison population poses considerable health and safety risks to prison staffs and employees, as well as to inmates themselves. The risks will continue to increase if no immediate actions are taken. Whereas fighting proliferation is fundamentally the duty of the U.S. government, prison overcrowding has exposed that the U.S. government will need to take measures to combat the flaws in the prison and criminal justice system....   [tags: proliferation, penal codes, effectiveness, budget]
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Is Prison Overcrowding Fixable? - No one knows exactly when criminal law and corrections began in human society. However, it probably would have occurred at the point in social evolution when collective vengeance was first substituted for private vengeance. That is, people realized that feuding was costing the group too much in terms of injuries and lives, and some individual’s behavior was first imagined to be harmful to the group as a whole. The entire group, or the leader(s) acting for the group, took action against the offender....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Prison Overcrowding - In the 1970s and 1980s, a massive amount of inmates began fillin up the United States prison systems. This huge rate of growth in this short amount of time, has greatly contributed to the prison overcrowding that the United States faces today. In fact, the prisons are still filled to the seams. This enormous flood of inmates has made it practically impossible for prison officials to keep up with their facilities and supervise their inmates. One of the main reasons why many prisons have become overcrowded is because of states’ harsh criminal laws and parole practices (Cohen)....   [tags: Overcrowded Prisons Essays]
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Prison Overcrowding - In 1994, the state of California followed the lead of Washington and signed a law that Californians know of as the three strikes law. With all the campaigning and publicity surrounding the law it was overwhelmingly welcomed into the legal system. The purpose of the law was to elongate the sentence of time spent in prison for repeat offenders, mainly focusing in violent or major crimes. As a result, the correction’s system has felt the effects of the law literally on prisons. Overcrowding prisons is a major problem in California and the state has a limited amount of time to correct the population reach in the California prisons....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Better Ways to End Prison Overcrowding - The U.S is only 5% of the world’s population and houses a quarter of its prison inmates; well over 2 million people. In the past decade the war on drugs has filled many state and federal prisons with a numerous amount of inmates. Building new prisons is not the answer to tackling the prison overcrowding dilemma. The U.S doesn’t have the money due to economic strains, and it will not solve this issue head on as needed. “California may be forced to release up to 33,000 prisoners by 2013” (Shapiro & Wizner, 2011, p.1.)....   [tags: mental hospitals, criminal behaviors]
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The Growing Problems of the Prison System - Mr. Governor, there are many ways to reduce the current problem of prison overcrowding; unfortunately many of them are not popular as they are seen as being soft on crime and as we both know that is not favorably looked upon. Some of the options would provide a temporary decongestion of the prisons while others would be a more long term reduction in inmate populations. After reviewing I believe that there are a few that we could possibly accomplish and still portray an acceptable persona to the public....   [tags: Prison Overcrowding, Education Opportunities]
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Home Confinement is the Solution to Prison Overcrowding - Home Confinement is the Solution to Prison Overcrowding        Prison overcrowding is one of the largest problems facing the American criminal justice system today. Many people may think this issue does not affect them, but the problem becomes important when overcrowding forces prisoners to be granted early release. "In cases of extreme brutality, the sentence served by criminals can be short. Because prison space in the city is tight, each offender can be accommodated only briefly" ("Punishment")....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Punishment of Probation- A Proposed Solution to the Prison Overcrowding Problem in England - Since 1993 the population within prison is increasing leading to majority of prison overcrowding this meaning there is now a higher percentage of people in prison here in England than any other country in Western Europe (Howard League 2006). This is leading to re-offending as offenders are not able to receive individual rehabilitation because there are too many offenders to rehabilitate. As this becomes more of a problem in today’s society the government are coming up with new punishments which will help to reduce the overcrowding within the prisons....   [tags: criminal justice] 887 words
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The Prison System - Canada reached its utmost population rate in 2013, with 15,000 inmates; this is a drastic increase of 75% in the past decade. Incarceration rates are rapidly increasing as crime rates decrease. Upon release, former prisoners have difficulty adapting into society and its social norms. Criminologist, Roger Graef states that, "the vast majority of inmates, the loss of local connections with family, job, and home sentences them again to return to crime." Prisoners often result in lethargy, depression, chronic apathy, and despair, making them ultimately rigid and unable to assimilate back into the public....   [tags: Incarceration Rates, Canada, Overcrowding]
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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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The Nature of the Modern American Prison System - The nature of the modern American prison system is explored, especially with regard to the evolution of safety measures and the birth of prison privatization. Covered are Bentham's revolutionary Panopticon concept, as well as the driving forces behind prison labor practices and prisoner rights. Factors such as investor confidence, taxation, and public policy are all examined to determine how they influence the state of the prison system (both public and private). The rights of inmates in terms of overcrowding, medical care, and privacy are all considered and weighed against the greater good....   [tags: prison privatization, history] 1694 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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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, 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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Overcrowding: A Crisis in California - Overcrowding: a crisis in California “Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffer – an image of death”, the eminent sage Buddha once said. Whether or not we want to accept it, he was right. This is a quote that reflects the system of imprisonment that currently resides in our society. Prison overcrowding is a conflict in our world today that has been going on for a few decades and no significant solutions have been successful in showing any remarkable effect on the numbers....   [tags: society, criminal justice, civil war]
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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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Prison Overcrwoding in America and England - ... The high rate of returning prisoners is the main cause on the impact of prison population. Prison overcrowding is a problem that impacts all the criminal justice agencies not only the corrections department. The prison overcrowding has to be settled by the General Assembly, which is responsible for responding to the public about offenders and sentencing a policy. Prison overcrowding causes many problems which is why it’s a serious concern in the U.S. Researchers have been looking at what type of problems that are harmful for the prison including the inmates, and are finding ways to deal with them....   [tags: causes, law enforcement, drugs] 1246 words
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Prison Overcrowiding and the Laws that Made Them that Way - One of the major reasons that prisons have overcrowded is that crime control strategies and legislative changes have meant longer sentencing (Mcshane, 2008). A study in 2006 showed the change in the State and Federal prison population from 1990 to 2005. In 1990 there was a total of 773,124 inmates. In 2005, that number increased to 2,186,230 (Harrison & Beck, 2006). The three- strikes laws has a great impact on the overpopulation of our prison systems because it means more life sentencing with a lesser possibility of parole for most offenders....   [tags: three-strikes law, crime control strategies]
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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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Understanding the Fair Sentencing Act - ... Our justice system has been battling the distribution of narcotics. Not only are drugs being distributed amongst our communities, but they also affect the lives of many innocent victims. One may ask, how does it affect innocent victims. The answer is simple; many innocent victims are affected through transferred intent. We have learned that transferred intent is the legal principle in which intent can be transferred from one victim to another. In this case, transferred intent applies because when under the influence of illicit drugs, the body does not respond adequately....   [tags: overcrowding, prisons, drugs] 702 words
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The Flawed Prison System of America - The Unites States of America’s prison system is a flawed mess. To open the eyes of our government we must first take a stand against unlawful government decisions, and show support for the greater good of society. What are our own tax-dollars paying for, what are the flaws in the justice/prison system, why is overcrowding in prisons causing tension, and what are ways our society and government can rebuild the system that has been destroyed over the years. Most criminals in prisons are not a danger to our society because they commit crimes just to use jail as a shelter, causing the overcrowding of prisons and wasting away of what we really should be paying for....   [tags: flaws in the penitentiary, government policy]
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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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Inside Story of the Prison System - Inside Story of the Prison System We are all accustomed to believing that prisons are places of justice, hardship, and prosecution of those who have broken the law. Many people trust that the inmates are completely cut off from connections with the outside. Most people believe criminals receive the punishment they deserve by depriving them of the rights and privileges that the rest of society enjoys. There are many questions that will remain unanswered, but one important question would be: Is the prison system effective, or is the staff making it too easy for the inmates to deal with contraband....   [tags: drug abuse, addiction, police] 1236 words
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Problems with the American Prison System - Throughout history into today, there have been many problems with our prison system. Prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, rape rates are off the charts, and we as Americans have no idea how to fix it. We need to have shorter sentences and try to rehabilitate prisoners back to where they can function in society. Many prisoners barely have a high school education and do not receive further education in jail. Guards need to pay more attention to the well being of the inmates and start to notice signs of abuse and address them....   [tags: overcrowded, underfunded, rape rates]
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Prison As A Last Resort - To detain a person you are depriving them of their personal liberty (Findlay et al, 2000). The detention or imprisonment of offenders has been a consequence used for a variety of offences in society for hundreds of years. In recent times it has become such a frequently relied upon consequence that significant overcrowding in prisons has resulted (Findlay et al, 2000). In the 1990’s new implementations of rehabilitation were introduced to help ease the overcrowding in prisons. At this time, prison was utilised to the extent that the Queensland government adopted a strategy of “prison as a last resort”(Cavadino & Dignan 2006)....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Prison As A Last Resort - "What is eliminated in prison is choice. What is encouraged is obedience. Bruno Bettelheim illustrated the result when he stated 'a prisoner had reached the final stage of adjustment to the camp situation when he had changed his personality so as to accept as his own the values of the Gestapo....Can one imagine a greater triumph for any system than this adoption of its values and behaviour by its powerless victims?' Until choice can be freely exercised and caring behaviour encouraged, there can be no meaningful change and the 'rehabilitation' of 'criminals' will only be a system's triumph over the values and behaviour of the powerless in our society." (Knopp, Boward, Morris, Schnapper, 1976...   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Problematic California Prison System - California has one of the most dysfunctional and problematic prison system in US. Over the last 30 years, California prison increased eightfolds (201). California Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation (CDCR) does little to reform prisoners and serve as human warehouse rather than a correction institution. California's prison system fails the people it imprisons and society it tries to protect. In many cases, California's prison system exacerbates the pre-existing problems and aids in the formation of new problems for prisoners....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 864 words
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The California Prison System - California’s prison system has been a hot topic for the better part of the past two decades. In 2006 it was estimated that California’s prison system was at 200 percent of its capacity (“California”). This severe overcrowding not only affects those in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), both inmates and staff, but it also affects society as a whole. Inmate’s rights are being violated due to the overcrowding and the taxpayers are being left to foot the bill for a system that is falling apart from within....   [tags: Informative Essay] 1863 words
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Reduced Time from Prison - ... This can largely be attributed to the kind of influence an offender observes in prison. One argument against recidivism is that the techniques of this method do not work and cannot reduce the retention rate. However, it is not required that specific punishment is given to specific offenses, so therefore the statement is not fully true. Petersillia (4) notes that there are an increasing number of ex-convicts returning to the society. The consequences of this are serious. With the return is the burden of their needs, which the corrections’ rehabilitation programs were unable to satisfy....   [tags: pros and cons of early release] 1452 words
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Prison Rehabilitation - With the substantial increase in prison population and various changes that plague correctional institutions, government agencies are finding that what was once considered a difficult task to provide educational programs, inmate security and rehabilitation programs are now impossible to accomplish. From state to state each correctional organization is coupled with financial problems that have depleted the resources to assist in providing the quality of care in which the judicial system demands from these state and federal prisons....   [tags: incarceration, education, gymnasium, population]
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Alternative to Incarceration Intermediate Sanctions - Introduction Alternatives to incarceration have been explored in recent years due to the overcrowding in the correctional system. Intermediate sanctions is one of those alternatives. Intermediate sanctions have long way been used in the United States due to the benefits and options that it offers from saving money to reducing overcrowding but it does, however, have its unfortunate faults. There are many programs within intermediate sanctions that work and some that fall behind. Intermediate sanctions is an alternative to the costly prison system but to what end....   [tags: overcrowding in the correctional system] 1275 words
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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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Is Drug Treatment a Viable Alternative to Prison Time? - Prisons and county jails are extremely over populated, so over populated that in some jails inmates are sleeping on the floors. According to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (From Senator Jeanne Shaheen: Prison Overcrowding, 2011), the federal prisons are currently 35 percent over their capacity. The overcrowding is costing the criminal justice system and taxpayers more money to transfer inmates to other facilities and in lawsuits brought by inmates against the prisons. With the prisons and county jails facing major overcrowding issues and drug treatment programs being a viable alternative to prison time, more states need to be implementing drug / treatment programs....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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America Needs an Alternative to Prison - America Needs an Alternative to Prison America's prisons have been called "graduate schools for crime." It stands to reason: Take a group of people, strip them of possessions and privacy, expose them to constant threats of violence, overcrowd their cell- block, deprive them of meaningful work, and the result is an embittered underclass more intent on getting even with society than contributing to it. Prisons take the nonviolent offender and make him live by violence. They take the nonviolent offender and make him a hardened killer....   [tags: Argument Argumentative] 1407 words
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Dorothy Dix Changed the Prison and Mental Health Systems - ... It was shown in 1876 when the Elmira, New York Reformatory opened as a model prison. The system also offered physical training, a strong education program, and military training. Its major contribution became rehabilitation through education. Sadly, this method of containing prisoners failed. After their release, most criminals would proceed to commit fresh, new crimes (World). Though the prisoners were treated terribly before the movement, there would be many changes in the next few years that would change the way the prison system treated criminals and the mentally ill....   [tags: insane, reform, punishment] 1076 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 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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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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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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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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Prison Reform is Necessary: Must Focus on Respect for Human Life - Prison Reforms A Prison Reform is defined as the act of improving the surroundings in which prisoners are exposed to while in prisons, with an aim of administering an effective and efficient punishment to the inmate. The reforms are carried out with major goal of ensuring that the various regulations stipulated in prison manuals, sentence that are to be delivered in courts and all other kinds of legislations are effected to the letter. With the reforms, a new direction of the penalty system is attained in each prison....   [tags: Law Enforcement, criminal justice system]
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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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Imprisonment and Social Control - Imprisonment is one of the primary ways in which social control may be achieved; the Sage Dictionary of Criminology defines social control as a concept used to describe all the ways in which conformity may be achieved. Throughout time imprisonment and its ideas around social control have varied. Imprisonment has not always been used for punishment, nor has it always thought about the prisoners themselves. However when looking at imprisonment it is important to consider the new penology. Therefore, it needs to be clear what the new penology is....   [tags: Prison Justice]
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Slaves to the Corporation: The Private Prison System - ... As stated by the Too Good to be True Report(2010), the Corrections Corporation of America was the first private company ever contracted to run a correctional facility in Hamilton, Tennessee in 1984. As a result private companies began to emerge in the market. More importantly prior to this, President Richard Nixon during his term had declared the “War on Drugs”, which entailed harsher and longer sentences for drug related crimes. These two events resulted in a mass incarceration rate increase which further facilitated the establishment of new privately owned and/or run for profit correctional facilities....   [tags: sociological analysis, human exploitation] 1185 words
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Prison Reform in the United States of America - Prison Reform in The United States of America “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones” (Nelson Mandela, 1994). The United States of America has more people behind bars than any other country on the planet. The prisons are at over double capacity. It cost a lot of money to house prisoners each year. A large number of the prisoners are there because of drug related offenses....   [tags: there are too many people encarcerated] 1330 words
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Recidivism or Repeat Offendors of Crime is Too High - Recidivism is the synonym for relapse. It is the act of a person repeating a crime after they have either experienced negative consequences from the offense, or after they have been treated for the crime. Recidivism is an important factor when it comes to the following community based correction vocabulary terms: Incapacitation, which is the prevention of crime by removing the offender from society, specific deterrence, the term used when a sanction stops people from committing future crimes similar in nature, and rehabilitation, the process that seeks to restore a patient to their previous state of mental and physical health....   [tags: prison, rehabilitation, punishment] 1136 words
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Community Corrections: Helping Offenders Re-enter Their Place in the Community - ... Analyzing demographics, income, race, criminal history, traits, we see a complicated pattern of recidivism that falls beyond the officer’s control. The cases of re-incarceration stem from prison overcrowding and a new corporate prison system in some state which brings an easy stream of offenders in, however, a more precarious system for inmates to complete their sentence. Since outdated laws found their genesis in their war against drugs in the late 80’s, it resulted in a prison boom and overpopulation....   [tags: probation officers, prison, reintegration] 651 words
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Recreational Drug Use in Husak's A Moral Right to Use Drugs - ... I agree with him the government cannot be blamed for failing to eliminate them but, if they make it legal it wouldn’t really be a problem for the responsible adults that want to have pleasure. First, I think people should be allowed to use any drugs they want. They should apply to free will people should have the right to do whatever damage they want to do to destroy their selves. We can tell them what to do but, it's not like they'll be listening for real. There are some responsible people in the world that know how to use the right amount and not get addicted but, on the other hand there are some irresponsible people that allows the drug to take control over them and not knowing when e...   [tags: prison, addiction, consequences] 603 words
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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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Effect of the Police on the Prison Population - Effect of the Police on the Prison Population Because of the increase in crime in America, the public has demanded an increase in the amount of protection received from police. This increase in police protection has increased the incarceration level by numerous amounts within the last ten years. The number of inmates incarcerated in America is a direct cause of the policing that is going on in the streets of American cities. The method of policing has a tremendous impact on the outcome of the situation, meaning the type of policing determines the amount of arrests mad and the amount of inmates incarcerated....   [tags: Papers] 1367 words
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Brazil’s Prison Anarchy: Past, Present, and Future - Most people have no idea what it feels like to be in prison, and it is certainly a place no individual would like to be in. Brazil has the world’s fourth largest prison population and every single day more and more violence is occurring within the prison walls. To make matters worse, the violence inside the incarceration facilities has lead to an increase in violence outside of the prisons. Overcrowding, limited resources, gangs, etc. are contributing factors to what has lead to this prison anarchy....   [tags: brazilian's legal issues, penal system]
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Prison Conditions in Egypt - Prison Conditions in Egypt Egypt: a country with a population of over 69 000 000 people, home to some of the worlds most fascinating structures (like the Pyramid's and The Great Sphinx), and a main contributor to a good deal of the world's trade industry (most notably petroleum products and cotton textiles) [1]. One would expect such an affluent country to be a nation thriving on high integrity and proper treatment of its citizens. This is anything but the case. In what has been referred to as "appalling", "life-threatening" and a "filthy system", the prison conditions in Egypt and the procedures that accompany it are testament to a true human rights violation...   [tags: Papers] 2599 words
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Famous Incidents in US History - ... Because the prison failed to treat these prisoners fairly rather than be humane and allow the inmates to be treated fair and decent it led to the sudden outburst of a group of inmates which allowed them to break into the keep lock and release all prisoners. The prison was taken over in a matter of minutes and about 42 hostages were taken which included both civilians and correctional officers (McCain, 2009). Because of the amount of hostages that were taken you would immediately assume that this crisis would be handled with great care and have a well thought out plan, but this was not the case....   [tags: attica prison riot, prisoners, security]
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Redivicism in California - ... The current procedures being used today are not showing sufficient results. Not only are they not working, but they are also costing California about nine billion dollars a year. Improved rehabilitation programs could drastically reduce the amount of ex-convicts going back to prison. More money needs to be directed toward rehabilitation and assisting ex-convicts outside of prison. Recidivism has been a problem in California since the 1990s. When overcrowding in California prisons peaked in 2011, the Supreme Court ordered California to reduce the prison population by 32,000 by February 2014....   [tags: state prison system]
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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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Gilad Schalit’s Treatment in an Israeli Prison and the Palestinian / Israeli Conflict - Column: Diss Ident Nutritional Evils by Redacted In October of last year, Telegraph, The Guardian, and Associated Press covered the news of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit’s release in a relentless barrage of hand-wringing and doom-mongering, as if to make up for their telling lack of interest in Palestine’s application for admission to membership in the United Nations the month before. But it is only natural – Gilad Schalit’s release is more historical than Palestine’s bid, since US President Obama promised to veto the application as a member of the UN Security Council....   [tags: Human Rights / War]
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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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The Many Benefits of the Parole System - Parole can be defined as the provisional release of an inmate from prison after serving a portion of a prison sentence. Within the United States, parole was originally used near the end of the American Civil War when the United States would talk discuss releasing the people that they currently had in captivity if they had verbally promised along with a written contract not to return to the enemy base to continue to fight in the war efforts. During the 19th century in England, parole was known to have been called “transportation, which entailed sending the offender away to live in exile” (Whitehead, 101)....   [tags: provisional release from prison]
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Corrections System - When it comes to corrections, it is clear what their mission is and that is to incarcerate criminals, however it also ensures that those incarcerated receive treatment to prepare them for reintegration and reentry into society. Ever since the creation of prisons, some wonder how we managed to survive without them in the past. Unfortunately, we do have neither the resources nor the capital to incarcerate all who chose to engage in criminal behavior. Utilizing other programs like probation are needed in order to accommodate those who wish to offend....   [tags: prison, criminal justice, penal system]
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Behind Bars: Pregnant Inmates and the Challenges of Care - As a woman, the experience of pregnancy and preparing to bring a new life into this world is, in general, an incredibly exciting time, unless of course, you are one of thousands of women incarcerated in the United States, serving prison time for felony convictions. While most expectant mothers are planning for baby showers, shopping for maternity clothes and preparing the baby’s nursery, the incarcerated mother-to-be has to remain in a constant state of alertness and preparedness for situations that can put her and her unborn baby at risk, in an environment that is both intimidating and routinely violent....   [tags: woman, prison, correctional facilities]
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A Jail at Hunts Point in the South Bronx? - The Gory State of the South Bronx An area associated with lots of social problems, with over half of the population living below the poverty line, the South Bronx has become a community that people associate with prostitution, crime, and poverty. With two (2) juvenile detention centers, fifteen (15) waste transfer stations, and four (4) jails, the plan of the government to build a new jail in Hunts Point is most strange and unwelcome at that. “The city’s Economic Development Corporation is negotiating with Oak Point Energy to purchase a 28-acre parcel of former industrial land in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx to be used for a new detention center to relieve overcrowding on Riker...   [tags: Criminal Justice, Prison] 1831 words
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Criminals Must Be Re-educated - In many prisons across the country, overpopulation is flooding the prisons creating a volatile environment. With many prisons shutting down prisoners are sent to other jails. This is even happening to death row inmates. The criminals put here are spending sentences for everything from breaking and entering to murder. With all of these inmates feeding off of the taxpayer’s money, can they do anything to pay their way. Educating inmates has a huge impact on how they react to changing environments, even helping inmates choose careers can reduce prison population and death row convictions....   [tags: Prison Reform Essays]
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Regarding the Effect the Death Penalty Has on Our Nations Economic State and Proposal of Complete Abolishment - The death penalty has been present in our nation since it was founded, having been brought over by Britain when we were colonized. It has been a natural part of our society for over 237 years, and its effects have been drastic. There are several matters regarding the morals and economic effect of the death penalty on our society. These often result in matters that are arguable for the death penalty to remain active, but these matters would be completely eliminated and taken care of if the penalty is to be abolished....   [tags: Capital Punishment, Overcrowding]
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Educating Prisoners - An Unnecessary Effort - Educating Prisoners – An Unnecessary Effort      Crime knows no bound, no race, no social status, no gender. In prisons, all criminals are criminals, whether they have committed felony, rape or assault. White-collar crimes are the same as any other crime. Still, most inmates are from the middle class and lower class of our society. However, committing crime, and what kind of crime, is still the choice of the person, whether he has attained a formal education, a higher degree of learning or not....   [tags: Education Prison]
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Alternatives to Incarceration - Alternatives to Incarceration Ever since the first prison opened in the United States in 1790, incarceration has been the center of the nations criminal justice system. Over this 200 year period many creative alternatives to incarceration have been tried, and many at a much lower cost than imprisonment. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s when our criminal justice systems across the country began experiencing a problem with overcrowding of facilities. This problem forced lawmakers to develop new options for sentencing criminal offenders....   [tags: Prison Criminal Justice Papers] 872 words
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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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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 Benefits of Prison Animal Training Programs - A litter of puppies gets dropped off down a dirt road, they soon will go to an animal shelter, and eventually, prison. More than 15 million animals face possible death in shelters and are being rescued by a surprising group of people: prisoners (Rhoades). Animals in shelters die every day because of limited amount of space, injuries, and behavior problems that cause them not to be adopted. They shouldn’t have to suffer from lack of attention since they have done nothing wrong. Instead, the animals could be sent to prisons for training by inmates, which would increase the animal’s chances of being adopted....   [tags: Prison Essays]
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Very Brief History of Alacatraz, the Prison - ... However, other tribes may have avoided the island completely because they though it to contain evil spirits. Military Fort Beginning La Isla de los Alcatraces’ name changed to Alcatraz under American speaking influence. In 1850 the 13th American President Millard Fillmore ordered that the island be reserved as a possible place for U.S. Military use. The California Gold Rush caused San Francisco’s population to grow drastically, meaning that more protection was needed for the San Francisco Bay (Alcatraz Origins 1)....   [tags: Prison, Island] 690 words
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Reentry and the American Prison System - ... Like finding a house, a job is also a vital key to reintegration. Studies show that there is a strong positive correlation between successful reentry and being able to secure and maintain employment. With many of the former prisoners having little to no educational or vocational skills, finding a job becomes another challenge. A study conducted in 2003 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that approximately 40 percent of people in prison did not receive a high school diploma or equivalent....   [tags: increase in prison population] 1623 words
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The Female Prison in the United States - The female prison population in the United States is growing at an disturbing rate. According to Ajinkya (2013) from 2000 to 2009, the number of females incarcerated in state or federal prison rose by 21.6%. A high percentage of prison inmates, who tend to be poor, ethnic or racial minorities and young, will eventually be released to rejoin society and either return to their criminal lifestyles or adopt new, socially responsible patterns of behavior (Erisman & Contardo, 2005). According to Justice Center (2012), 19% of females released from prison will recidivate in the first three years post-release....   [tags: justice, incarceration, federal prison]
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Prison Life in the UK - In the world we live in today there is, has been, and always will be an infinite amount of controversies throughout society. Perhaps one of the most important, being that it could jeopardize our existence, is the debate of how to deal with what most everyone would consider unwanted. The members of the prison population can range from petty thieves to cold hearted serial killers; so the conflict arises on how they can all be dealt with the most efficient way. The sides can result in a wide range of opinions such as simply thinking a slap on the wrist is sufficient; to even thinking that death is the only way such a lesson can be learned....   [tags: changing the prison system] 1233 words
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The Queer Prison Abolitionist Movement - It would be misguided to discuss queer prison abolitionist movements without first thoroughly examining the place of the prison system in the neoliberal imperial project of enemy production (both inside and outside the boundaries of the state). The contemporaneous production of exterior and interior enemies (terrorists and criminals respectively), movement toward and legislation for ostensible (and, importantly, homonormative) queer “equality,” the criminalization of radical activism through increased surveillance, torture, disappearance, and imprisonment, and the exponential growth in the transnationally funded prison system is symptomatic of what, in the article “Intimate Investments,” Ann...   [tags: Prison Abolitionist, Inhumane Treatment]
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Taking a Closer Look at Prison Gangs - Prison Gangs Ever since the creation of the first prison gang the ‘Gypsy Jokers’, gangs in prisons have been a handful for officials trying to provide safety and security not only for corrections workers but for inmates as well. Prison gangs have been responsible for carrying out any number of illicit activites behind bars, these include but may not be limited to: gambling, drugs, protection, and prostitution (Knox, 2012). Over the years research for prison gangs proves difficult because of the secretive nature behind these organizations, but there is new evidence being brought to light that is helping combat these illusive and lucrative criminal organizations....   [tags: permanent part of prison life] 1171 words
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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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The Stanford Prison Experiment: Phillip Zimbardo - ... The prisoners were to remain anonymous and only referred to themselves and others by their ID number. As a substitute for shaving their heads, the prisoners were forced to wear a stocking cap. The act of shaving a prisoner’s head is to remove as much individuality as possible. As for the guards, they were not trained on how to act and they were told that within limits, they were allowed to do what they thought was necessary to keep order in the prison and command respect from the prisoners. The guards made up rules and the warden, an undergraduate student attending Stanford, enforced them....   [tags: volunteers, degradation, prison] 1096 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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Prison Terms Ineffective as Deterrent to Crime - ... However, as the time passed the pillars of the criminal justice were modified in order to deter crime. Over the past generation, the landscape of sentencing prisoners has changed dramatically. Over this same period, United States of America has made a number of modifications in one of the basis of American criminal justice policy, Prison Term. Prison Terms has taken the place of public flogging, death penalty and torture. Stastics has shows that many states has abolished death penalty. Today in order to deter the crime, Nowadays, only few states in the United States of America such as Texas, practices Death Penalty....   [tags: justice, system, criminal, prison, term] 1137 words
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