A lot of the behavior in the control unit could be considered odd but the underlining issues and intentions are what they prison guard has to try to understand. The prison workers try to distinguish the “mad” and the “bad”... ... middle of paper ... ...ntal health jacket when they see that its terms create the possibility for this change in how they are treated and, for some, in how they feel” (Rhodes, 2004, 121). The way the prison system is set up it does not allow the prisons to have any self-respect. They have no reason to want to get better and they continue to have a cycle of the prisoners treating the guards poorly and the guards treating the prisoners badly. Fortunately one prison is changing this terrible cycle so that the prisoners do not have to bee labeled as “mad” or “bad”.
As a result, prisons environments have exacerbated negative behaviours, created an inhumane environment for prisoners and lack the means to aid in mental health. First, the prison system exacerbates negative behaviour such as drug use, self-harming behaviour and suicidal thoughts and actions. One of the most significant ways that the prison community worsens drug use, self-harming behaviour and suicidal thought is providing minimal amount of harm reduction. Accordingly, Lines makes note that higher instance of HIV/HVD and other transmitted disease are a cause on mental health issues within prison, this harm reduction measures would improve the overall health of individuals in prison (Lines at Al. 2005).
To affectively combat the negative connotations of the supermax facilities, a reform is necessary. Total confinement in supermax facilities has lasting negative effects on inmates and can potentially produce worse individuals for society. Segregation among dangerous inmates and the general prison population should be sought after, although total confinement is not the answer. Inmates that are classified as ‘the worst of the worst’ should be administered into programs of rehabilitation, especially focusing on good morale and principles of ethics. Instead, these inmates are stripped of these trainings and dehumanized.
The abuse and overuse of this form of punishment has had severe repercussions on a social and moral level. Social exclusion, rehabilitation in the form of punishment, and prison workers' lack of control in many maximum security prisons all contribute to the detrimental effects that solitary, as it is colloquially known, has on a person’s mental stability, often times turning rational decision making into a near impossibility for the individuals who undergo this mentally taxing prison within a prison. Separation, incapacitation, and deterrence from further criminal activity have always been the major reasons for why prisons exist. The ultimate goal is to remove these individuals from society and prevent them from further harming others, but the conditions in which the offenders are introduced to inside these institutions often increase the likelihood that that they will cause more harm when they are released back into society. Poor application and separation from normal functioning social systems may be exactly why prisoners are unable to successfully rehabilitate back into society.
In other words, this prison know to discipline and rehabilitate offenders who was ready to be released. The practice was not enough because Ellis was once again denied multiples times by the parole board of possibility being released because they still felt he was a danger to society. I noticed in the movie that many inmates had nothing to lose because they were given life sentences and hated how corrupted the prison was. The prison culture was not all that great according to the movie it also drove some people crazy leading many individual to do suicide or even have thoughts of it. I learned the purpose of parole is supposed to help prepare those in prison, but looking at how the movie was structure they did not provide any educational programs for those who were willing to learned.
The unfairness of the bail system definitely impacts the working poor. These people may lose their jobs for being kept in jail without being convicted or in some cases not even being charged with a crime. Also these people’s families are affected by being put into terrible situations because this person cannot support them. To fine-tune the system, we need to allow these people to remain free while their cases are pending. In addition, more discretion needs to be given to judges so that they can sentence these people into other non-jail alternatives.
When inhumane methods or unhealthy conditions are brought upon prisoners, it negatively effects the prisoners well being, along with the prison employees well being, and it spreads further into the homes of Americans, creating a giant stereotypical image of what prison is supposed to be. The reaction of mistreatment in prisons isn 't effecting crime rates (Levitt). Nor is it helping the inmates grasp how a model American should act when they get out. The prison system should stop abusing its prisoners, because it is only hindering their process of
In the article, Shalev discusses the impacts that solitary confinement has on individuals mentally and socially. Solitary confinement has a negative effect on the inmate’s mental health because of the state of shock and trauma they are put in once they are in isolation. Prisoners also suffer socially, once they are taken out of isolation. Prisoners find it hard to adapt back into normal prison life. In the article, it states that, “The ECTHR adding also the potential effect of solitary confinement on social abilities; solitary confinement without appropriate mental and physical stimulation is likely
There are several psychological effects that overcrowded prisons tend to cause in inmates. These issues that inmates develop while incarcerated are not limited to time in prison, most often inmates cannot cope with the adverse effects on their mental state and carry these problems with them once they are released from prison. Most inmates develop social anxiety from overcrowded living space in prison, this causes most inmates to become anti-social once they are freed. Once social anxiety has set in on an inmate, they become scared of mass gatherings of other inmates. This can cause severe long and short term effects for the afflicted inmate.
I do agree with Zimring, but I also have a few thoughts that don’t agree with Zimring. A decline in crime does correlate with imprisonment, but depending on the way the prison system runs. For example; the way imprisonment prepares the criminals for the world, how the families of the inmates are affected and reasons why Norway’s prison system is more successful than the U.S system all give evidence to the negative side of prisons. Putting someone in prison is done to increase public safety as well as to punish the criminal. The criminal is locked due to their poor actions, but the criminal needs to receive excessive support and learn life skills while in prison.