In the late 1700’s and the early 1800’s, prisons were not really prisons. They were basically holding jails where prisoners were sent until they were either found guilty of a crime or released from jail. Although there are similarities between prisons back then and prisons today, they also had many differences as well. With many similarities and differences, the treatment of prisoners between the times is the biggest difference of them all. In the early 1800’s, prisoners were not only subjected to being thrown in prison, they were also subjected to public humiliation as well. Prisoners were publicly degraded in front of the towns, they were beaten, endured mutilation, branded, tortured and often put to death. If not one or all of the above, they were also mulcted in fines, deprived of liberty and adjudged a slave to society (Gerlach, n.d.). It was not until 1829 when the world’s first “penitentiary” was built in the United States. Until 1829, prisons were more or less just holding jails or holding pens where groups of adults and children, both men and women were housed together in one place. Did not matter the charge or the crime, they were all basically housed in one open area to sort out their own affairs. And the abuse of prisoners by prison guards and overseers was assumed. In 1829, when the Eastern State Penitentiary was built, did the U.S. finally establish a place to house and begin to rehabilitate prisoners properly (ushistory, 2013). With the building of this new penitentiary, it was to do away with corporal punishment and ill treatment of the prisoners. It was to carve the way for prisons we know today. The early system of this new prison was very strict and used a method of isolating prisoners from one another to leave them with the thoughts of their behavior and the ugliness of the crimes they had committed. They would put hoods over the heads of the inmates when being transported around the prison. This kept the prisoners from being distracted, knowledge of the prison and also to keep interaction down between prison guards and other inmates. Although there are many similarities from then to now, such as cell blocks to house different criminals that have committed similar crimes, keeping prisoners away from other prisoners, little to no communications with prison guards and officials. There also many differences as well. Today, prisoners have many amenities afforded to them that they did not have in the earlier days. Prisoners now have beds they sleep on with sheets and blankets, whereas in the 1800’s they were lucky if they had a hammock to sleep on. Most inmates in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s only had the floor to sleep on and usually slept with rodents running around. While sleeping arrangements are just one of the differences, prisoners now days have television, toiletries, footwear and visitation of family and friends. These were not afforded to prisoners in the past. In 1829, when the Eastern State Penitentiary was built, all prisoners were given Bibles to read so they could be guided to spiritual light. These days’ prisoners are offered many different forms of reading material, from having extra books to read to study material to better their education. They may even be afforded cd players or cassette players to enjoy music (QG, 2015). Although prisons have changed over the centuries, the one they all have in common is to house individuals who have committed crimes worthy of a prison sentence. Each state governs its own prison system, there for each state has its own goals when it comes to the outcome of prisoners. Take California for instance, they have numerous programs to help rehabilitate inmates incarcerated in California. These programs include substance abuse programs that help prisoners deal with their drug and alcohol addictions. They also have programs to help get prisoners and education while
Check Point: Development of Corrections
Today in society prison a place where people are physically confined and usually deprived of such wide range of personal freedom the overall imprisonment or incarceration penalty that may have been imposed by the state for the crime that the person have committed.
Prison for women were non-existent before the 1800s. When you through about the prison it was all the men, women and children all in one room together. Later on in the 1800s women who were…
Corrections Trend Evaluation
August 13, 2012
University of Phoenix
Corrections Trend Evaluation
There have been many different and difficult trends among the justice system. These include many issues and controversy over centuries. We as society now learn and comprehend that our justice system is improving within time and developing a different theory to analyze in a better way what can be done to keep improving it. An evaluation will be described including the…
have access to the same standard of treatment consistent with the principle of equivalence? Historically, the departments of corrections, employing their own staff and clinics, directly administered mental health and medical care to offenders. I see the lack of qualified health care professionals to work in prisons as a major problem in this system!
The history of corrections mental health care had involved the community at large, because many of the mentally ill inmates enter the correctional systems…
Kingdom are compared and evaluated critically. Consideration of the future of patrol and an evaluation of recent theories for increasing efficiency.
LAW203- Constitutional law
Course description: This course provides an analysis of the historical development of the relationship of the states to the Bill of Rights. The effect of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the states is examined through a study of the leading Supreme Court decisions relating…
Corrections research and evaluation paper
Professor Michael Morlan
November 13, 2014
Corrections research and evaluation paper
The correctional system we know today is significantly one different from the past. Hundreds of years ago, the form of correcting someone who committed a crime involved pain and suffering. It was until the 1800s that the development in the prison system began. In today’s correctional system, many dangers such as staff endangerment…
Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Nicholas, L. (2012). It's Still A Man's World ... Or Is It? Advice For Women Working In Correction. Corrections Today 74.6 41-44.
The article talks about women as correctional officers. It mainly focuses on the abilities and working conditions of women establishing carrers the U.S. correctional field. The author discusses the history of women in law enforcement, the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1963, a balance between work and home life, and difficulties and accomplishments…
2006) Over nine decades later the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections was establish because of recommendations from a special legislative committee.
In 1995, the Juvenile Corrections Act was passed by the Idaho state legislation. (Juvenile Corrections, 2011)This act removed juvenile correction responsibilities from the Department of Health and Welfare and now relied on the new established Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. With the help of the counties probation officers, the IDJC established…
CJA 484 ENTIRE COURSE,
CJA 484 (CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE) ENTIRE COURSE
Week 1 Individual Assignment Criminal Justice Trends Paper
Select one of the components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, or corrections).
Write a 1,400- to 1750-word paper in which you evaluate past, present, and future trends of the criminal justice component you select. Discuss the budgetary and managerial impact that future trends will likely have not only on the component…