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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Prison As A Last Resort - ... This reduction was short-lived as in the 1990’s the numbers increased significantly even though there were changes with the Penalties and Sentencing Act in 1992 (Cavadino & Dignan, 2006). Therefore, the strategy seemingly has not reduced the number of people retained in prison facilities. Thus indicating the nil effects of the potential positive or the implementation difficulties of the policy. Further to the increase in prison numbers, at the same time there was an introduction of the option of first time offenders being given a suspended sentence....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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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 and are in dangerous need of improvement....   [tags: Papers] 2599 words
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Is Drug Treatment a Viable Alternative to Prison Time? - ... Department of Justice is reporting the local government prison population has declined 2.3 percent from June 2008 to June 2009 (Schillinger, 2010). Therefore, prison population is decreasing in the United States as a whole, not just in one state. In the United States today, there are many budget and funding cuts, utilizing Drug / Treatment Courts are a more cost effective way of sentencing, saving the criminal justice system and taxpayers money. The average daily cost of Drug court/Treatment Court is 72 percent to 80 percent less than other traditional sentencing options (Brogdon, 2010)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Prison Reform is Necessary: Must Focus on Respect for Human Life - ... For any unexpected situation arising in a prison environment calls for reforms in that prison. It could be inmates’ misconduct or the prison wardens’ misconduct, or even poor health or management issues. The source of reforms begins with the state administration and trickle down to prison wardens. This is further extended to the inmates and the community members. The reforms needed in a prison are a variable depended on the current status of the prison life cycles. Therefore, any area in a prison where there is a noticeable ineffective service delivery from either the inmates or the prison staff members needs timely action and implementation of the reforms....   [tags: Law Enforcement, criminal justice system]
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Gilad Schalit’s Treatment in an Israeli Prison and the Palestinian / Israeli Conflict - ... On an unrelated note, the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 provides that an occupying power should provide for the welfare of the occupied people. The imposed malnutrition continued in 2009, with 80% of Palestinians in Gaza depending only on food aid handouts, and Gaza’s agricultural sector pulverized by Israeli land, air, and sea bombardment. Only 78 trucks of cattle were allowed into Gaza from October 2008 to June 2009, supposedly to cover nine months for 1.5 million people. On another unrelated note, The Total US Aid to Israel from 1949-1996 is $62.5 Billion, equal to the aggregate US Aid to the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America for the same period....   [tags: Human Rights / War]
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Privatization for the Better - ... This leads to the taxpayers and states saving a ton of money. Compared to public prisons, private prisons have been found to use less money than state run prisons. Considering the fact that the development of a lot of private prisons was to cut costs, they were able to do that while having better quality prisons. In a study of the Geo Group in California that manages a private prison, they found that “taxpayers saved about 10 percent versus what it likely would have cost the federal government to run the facility itself (Johnson 2011).” Less money would be spent on the construction and expansion of prisons as well on inmates....   [tags: Prison Reform]
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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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Imprisonment and Social Control - ... Along with this Garland 1990, who has argued that with imprisonment restricted to its technical functions, it does not work and there are other institutions far better placed to deliver goods such as ‘repair’, ‘inclusion’ or ‘correction’. It would appear that the use of imprisonment as a form of social control is small, and therefore going against the new penology being just about making crime tolerable, it should also focus on rehabilitating the individual. Alfred C Schnur (1958) in ‘The New penology: Fact or fiction’ speaks about the goal of new penology being all about helping the prisons turn their lives around....   [tags: Prison Justice]
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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 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]
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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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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 Rikers Island.” The jail would cost $375 million, an amount of money that could be put into development projects for the community....   [tags: Criminal Justice, Prison] 1831 words
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Accomodating the Increasing Inmate Population - Accomodating the Increasing Inmate Population In August 1994, the California Department of Corrections released its annual five-year facilities master plan for new prison construction. This plan, usually submitted to the Legislature earlier in the calendar year, was delayed so that the additional need for new prison beds resulting from the recently enacted Three Strikes and You're Out legislation could be incorporated into the plan. The facilities plan is based on the department's spring 1994 population estimate that estimated a total of 246,000 inmates by June 1999....   [tags: Papers] 1561 words
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The Need for Prisons in Britain - The Need for Prisons in Britain The prison population in England and Wales currently stands at 71,800. According to the Home Office estimate this figure is projected to rise to 83,500 by 2008. Similarly in Scotland, which has a separate legal system and its own private service, there are similar pressures. Prisons can be successful in their four aims: retribution, protection, deterrence and rehabilitation. Reconviction rates are at a substantial low, but is that enough. Whilst compared with the problems facing prisons aquestion arises, 'is it really prisons Britain needs?' There are several other approaches to punishing, deterring and rehabilitating offenders whilst also protecting the public....   [tags: Papers] 2033 words
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Mandatory Sentencing - ... Department of Justice, by the late 1990s, Measure-11eligible and alternate cases made up about one-third of the Oregon's total prison population (Oregon's Office of Economic Analysis in Merritt et al., 2003:90).”(Barker 2006) The author also states that, after the Measure 11 period the number of offenders sentenced to prison increased over 90% for both measure 11 and alternate cases. Prosecutors were overloaded with cases and work. They had the authority to determine cases as they decided the seriousness of the charges and which cases to pursue....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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Negative Consequences of Mandatory Sentencing - Negative Consequences of Mandatory Sentencing In recent years several mandatory sentencing laws have been put into motion. The original goals of the mandatory sentencing laws were to stop repeat offenders and to exhibit a "get tough attitude" on crime. These laws have not been working as intended, instead mandatory sentencing has led to some unfortunate consequences. Some of these consequences are overcrowding in prisons and less prison based rehabilitation. Mandatory sentencing laws do not narrowly target major drug traffickers....   [tags: Papers] 738 words
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Prisons Don't Work - Prisons Don’t Work Right now in the United States of America murderers, rapists, and child molesters are being set free. Prisoners are watching T.V., eating a meal, and using exercise equipment while law abiding citizens are starving and living in the gutters. Prisoners even have their own periodical. Dangerous criminals are walking the streets and crime is a way of life to many Americans. In America, crime does pay because our nations prison system is not working. The nations prison system must be changed because of major problems with the system such as overcrowding and the fact that early release programs do not work....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics Jail America]
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Last Solution for Outbreak of Gangs? - Last Solution For Outbreak of Gangs. Currently being discussed in Congress is the Anti-gang Bill, also known as the “Gangbusters Bill”. This bill would turn gang-related violent offenses into federal crimes punishable by mandatory sentences of at least ten years, expand the range of crimes punishable by death, and allow U.S. prosecutors to try 16 and 17 year old gang members as adults in federal courts. One unfortunate effect of this new bill will be the progressing overcrowding of federal prisons....   [tags: essays research papers] 390 words
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Biography of Elizabeth Fry - Biography of Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry was one of 11 children and they all lived with their father, John Gurney of Earlham – a Norwich banker. They belonged to a society of friends – also known as the ‘Quakers’. Quakers believe that Christian sacraments such as baptism are not important. What they say is ‘Far more important’ is bringing man closer to God by using the “inner light” of Jesus in the soul. And because of this “inner light” the Quakers became involved in social reform movements....   [tags: Papers] 450 words
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Privatization - Privatization In Taft, California, with a perimeter of razor wire, armed prison guards, supervise hundreds of medium security level federal inmates. Welcome to one of America's newest and fastest growing trends in the area of corrections. This new phenomenon is termed, The Corporation of Modern Corrections. Faced with an increase in prison overcrowding and aging institutions, court orders demanding immediate reform coupled with a straining budget, mandatory minimum sentences, and the public's attitude toward "getting tough on crime", America's justice system is in need of an overhaul....   [tags: Prisons Government Papers]
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Community Supervision of Law Violators vs. Incarceration - Community supervision of law violators can achieve similar advantages and prevent the disadvantages of incarceration. There are both advantages and disadvantages to community corrections and incarceration. I support community corrections because I believe it has more positives outcomes and less negative effects than incarceration. Community corrections have more advantages over incarceration and fewer disadvantages. Incarcerating people isn’t working that well and the biggest reason is the overcrowding of prisons....   [tags: Community supervision, criminals, criminal justice] 1231 words
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Relocation Blues and Deliberate Indifference - ... Fennelly’s contribution of using Microsoft NetMeeting for prisoners to interact with their children reveals that this interaction provides many “redemptive moments” for convicted fathers (Bernstein 108). This new technological development is shaping the attitudes of these fathers and are allowing them to set goals to improve their lives, as well as the lives of their families. By interacting with their children, prisoners are able to see the impact their families have on their lives, and thus they can endure the rest of their sentences knowing they have someone waiting for them on the other end of the line....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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America Home of Incarceration - America Home of Incarceration The United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the caged. In 2008, it was reported that one out of every one hundred adults living in America are incarcerated in a jail or a prison (Pew). The City and County Jails and the Federal and State Prisons overcrowding problems are getting wildly close to crisis conditions. Statics show that by 2011 the inmate population in the United States will increase by a whopping thirteen percent, which are more than one million seven hundred thousand inmates that will be incarcerated in the United States (Statistics)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Atomsphere Of Jester Affecting Students - Atmosphere of Jester Affecting Students Do you see moody students at the University of Texas walking around. They probably live in Jester, the largest public dormitory in the nation. Why the long face you ask. Well, the need for a high-density dorm caused the University of Texas to build a dormitory with the atmosphere of a prison. Jester’s resemblance to a prison affects the mood of students and the overall well-being of students. Waking up to loud, obnoxious banging and screaming are the mornings of an overcrowded prison....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Human Rights in Brazil - Human Rights in Brazil The population in Brazil consists of 144 million people. Brazil is one of the fastest-growing nations in the Western Hemisphere. Its population is increasing at the rate of about 2 % a year. The constitution of Brazil gives the president tremendous powers. For example, the president may intervene in affairs of Brazil's states. The chief executive may even create new states from existing ones. Brazil has three main ethnic groups-whites, blacks, and people of mixed ancestry....   [tags: History] 1436 words
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Violence Can Be Controlled - ... Women’s violence is often started by gossip and rumors by inmates, responses to theft, a dispute over personal relationships, snitching, or mental illness (Welch 219 & 221; Toch 379). Personal relationships among women are sometimes started within prison. They establish this relationship to cope with separation from family and friends and the experience of social isolation (Relational). Women are most likely to feel guilt, depression, and low self-esteem due to the separation of their children (Welch 219)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Marijuana Legalization Why is it the Best Choice for America? - ... The reason for the age restriction of twenty-one is due to the similar effects of alcohol and marijuana. Both of these substances are mild intoxicants (Ford). The government must also place the same sales tax on marijuana as it places on tobacco and alcohol; without this special tax, the government’s profit on the taxation of marijuana would be noticeably less. There are several benefits which would come to the government through the legalization of marijuana. These benefits range from economic profit to public safety....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Legalization Why is it the Best Choice for America? - ... The reason for the age restriction of twenty-one is due to the similar effects of alcohol and marijuana. Both of these substances are mild intoxicants (Ford). The government must also place the same sales tax on marijuana as it places on tobacco and alcohol; without this special tax, the government’s profit on the taxation of marijuana would be noticeably less. There are several benefits which would come to the government through the legalization of marijuana. These benefits range from economic profit to public safety....   [tags: Drugs Legalization]
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Should Capital Punishment Be Legal? - Capital punishment is a very controversial issue today. There are good statements made on both sides of the argument. A couple of questions should be asked before deciding which side to take in the never ending debate of capital punishment. Is capital punishment a cruel and unusual way of punishing serious offenders. Should the mentally ill be susceptible to capital punishment. A lot of states made capital punishment legal, but not all of them use it as freely as some states like Texas. The state of New Jersey supports capital punishment as a form, of corrections, but some of the offenders end up waiting for the day of their execution until the day they die....   [tags: Law] 987 words
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The War on Drugs - WAR ON DRUGS Abstract Because of the war on drugs, prison overcrowding is vastly becoming a problem of astronomical proportion, putting a strain not only on the system of law enforcement, but on citizens as well. With studies in DNA and other forensic sciences that can pin point with exact precision the perpetrator of a crime; more and more criminal offenders are being caught, tried, and imprisoned for the crimes they have committed. Many of these crimes are initiated by the use of drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ice, crystal meth, angel dust, PCP, etc....   [tags: essays research papers] 1354 words
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Increased Population of Prisons - Overcrowded prisons and improper punishment systems are enormous social issues for our government. The United States has seen steady growth in its prisons. A projected increment in seen due to “get-tough” policies that locks up offenders for longer sentences (Ohlemacher, 2007, para. 1). The correction system had been through various phases of transformation, and the government had been tough on crime; this approach had resulted in rising prison populations. There are many factors that cause overcrowding prisons in the United States....   [tags: Criminal Justice] 1612 words
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The Department of Corrections - The Department of Corrections Department of Corrections is an agency of the state that is responsible for the supervision and management of convicted felons. The Department of Corrections allows the protection of the community by operating safe, secure facilities that keep offenders under firm, fair practices. There is a wide range of treatment including educational and vocational programs that help the offenders become rehabilitated citizens. Corrections has been around for centuries. The corrections history of New York and of Utah are just a few pieces of a huge puzzle of corrections....   [tags: Papers] 2861 words
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Contemporary Imprisonment - ... This was inspired by three hangings within 12 months at HMP Swansea, and a ‘lack of care’ verdict brought by an inquest jury following the suicide of a young prisoner at Ashford remand centre. Jewkes & Johnston (2006, p230) go on to say that Dr Derek Chiswick, a forensic psychiatrist concluded: ‘This is not a psychiatric problem, it’s a management problem’. Many approaches have been established in aid to prevent suicide in prison. Towl & Crighton (2010, p391) articulate that the prison service in England and Wales has adopted two separate approaches to reducing suicide in prison including whole estate and specific strategies....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Crime in America - Parole (early release from prison) is often referred to as the back door to the US corrections system. The concept of parole dates back to the establishment of the Elmira Reformatory. The goal of the Elmira Reformatory was to rehabilitate and reform the criminal instead of following the traditional method of silence, obedience, and labor. Parole was originally set up to encourage prisoners to do well, keep their noses clean, and become model prisoners. Once a prisoner had shown rehabilitation and reform they were released prior to the execution of their full sentence....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 words
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The Electric Chair is Fair Punishment - This topic is a very controversial one. The paper you are about to read could cause intense arguments between some groups of people. All that doesn’t matter to me because when you finish reading this, you will agree with me if you don’t already. First off, many people consider the electric chair cruel and unusual punishment. What I don’t get is that people think this even though in order to be eligible to get sentenced to the electric chair, they have to be proven guilty of killing someone. Don’t you think that is cruel and unusual punishment....   [tags: Death Penalty Capital Punishment] 413 words
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Nonviolent Offenders - Nonviolent Offenders – Is Incarceration the Answer. “It’s really clear that the most effective way to turn a nonviolent person into a violent one is to send them to prison,” says Harvard University criminologist James Gilligan. The American prison system takes nonviolent offenders and makes them live side-by-side with hardened killers. The very nature of prison, no matter people view it, produces an environment that is inevitably harmful to its residents. America locks up five times more of its' population than any other nation in the world....   [tags: essays research papers] 1487 words
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