Every civilization in history has had rules, and citizens who break them. To this day governments struggle to figure out the best way to deal with their criminals in ways that help both society and those that commit the crimes. Imprisonment has historically been the popular solution. However, there are many instances in which people are sent to prison that would be better served for community service, rehab, or some other form of punishment. Prison affects more than just the prisoner; the families, friends, employers, and communities of the incarcerated also pay a price.
This is flawed mainly because it seems to assume that showing people that what they've done is wrong will always accomplish something, that punishing those who commit crimes will deter others from following the same pattern. The problem with prison is that prisons are not a place of rehabilitation. There are people who steal and sell drugs simply because they have no other means of survival. There are people whose lives in the outside world are so terribly difficult that for them, that prison life is a cushier existence than their ordinary day-to-day existence, and many of these people intentionally commit crimes so they will be arrested and thrown in jail, simply so that they can get a decent meal and a bed. These people are then introduced to major offenders, who have not been rehabilitated and become worse than their "mentors."
The reason that people try to escape the prison is due to poor treatment, horrible facilities, and everyday violence. Prisoners are treated like animals. They are locked in their cells, and can freely wander about during scheduled times. In order to isolate these criminals for a lifetime is more inhumane than to kill them swiftly. The DP is used so that criminals do not have to suffer this humiliation for the rest of their lives.
Sure, they could choose not to cooperate in the gang life, but where does that leave them? Then they will become the targets with no defense. The pressure to become accepted is so important in prison survival, that some inmates will throw away their morals just to protect themselves. Prison officials often condone the promotion of racial segregation. If one person of a specific race was found suspicious, they have the right to lock down every person of the same nationality.
Many people go into prison for small offences but to survive they must harden themselves and live a way of life that is tougher than they ever imagined. Many prisoners are willing to kill, trade drugs and other offences. Because of the worsening conditions in the prisons the almost non-existent rehabilitation programs are counteracted. Worse than the prisoner violence is the complete disregard of the prisoners by the guards and staff. Once a prisoner has left prison one would think they would be given help to re-enter society.
The system of Criminal Justice is structure to put criminals away but sometimes they tend to put the wrong people away. Many innocent individuals are put in prison every day for a crime they did not commit. This shows the system is not structure and well organized as it should be because many people are in jail due to false imprisonment. In the movie “Shawshank Redemption” there were a lot of issues that man prison facilities attend to annoy if it did not benefit their needs. The main issues staff and the parole board try to ignore is the physical and sexual abuse that goes on in the prison by other inmates including staff as well.
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? There are many issues that involve prison systems such as overcrowding, but the one I find most interesting is the drug abuse and ways inmates obtain these drugs.
There is no way that prisoners will become better people if they don’t have rehabilitation programs to help them; Mrs. Prescott stressed that there is hope for everyone. At FMC Rochester, they take in a lot of white collar criminals. After they spend some time in prison, these white collar criminals pick up on traits from other inmates. From time to time inmates leave prison more likely to commit a violent crime than when they arrived there. Often, rehabilitation programs are poorly funded, and large numbers of people believe that people are sent to jail or prison only to be punished.
Through the use of therapies and counseling, prisons aim to change the behavior that steered an individual into crime, and reshape and offenders way of thinking and acting. Male inmates coping skill are also beneficiary to prison society. Men usually form gangs in prison for protection; since the society is very dangerous fear is a main underlying factor in the actions of prisoners. To have people watch your back helps calm tension in a hostile society. On the contrary female offenders aren’t as violent as male, so females don’t look for protection.
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.