The unbelievable country of America is home of the free and land of the brave. In spite of this, America’s imprisonment rate is at a far higher rate than any other industrial democracy. In 2005 about nine million prisoners were imprisoned in the world, and of this more than two million were being held in U.S. prisons. Our prison system spends more than $30 billon annually. The money is spent toward several items such as food, medical care, personnel, modernized handcuffs, specialized toilets to prevent suicides, and barbwire fences to prevent escapes. Inmates are attended to by doctors who write over $1 million in prescriptions, as well as dentists that pull an average of 330 teeth a month. They wash, dry and fold bright orange clothes at 170 pounds of laundry a load. 35,000 meals are prepared a day, totaling over 13 million meals a year. Prisons were originally built to rehabilitate those who broke the law. If someone is in prison for 40 years or less they have enough time in life for a second chance, any time over 40 years wouldn’t be consider rehabilitation, which is inhumane. I feel that if a human kills another human, regardless the circumstances, it should be considered as murder. The U.S. should have a standard number of years for each crime. For instance, if someone commits murder the offender should get 40 years; voluntary Manslaughter should get 10 years, and Involuntary should get 5 years. Today there are 5 different types of murder; First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Third Degree Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, and Involuntary Manslaughter. The United States has been considered a racist country for centuries. Going back to slavery, African Americans and even Hispanics have never been treated as equals by their European counterpart. Even though slavery was abolished with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 racial tension is still felt to this day, and the most obvious is within our prison system. African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one fourth of the U.S. population. However, within the prison system they comprise a stunning two thirds of the population which parallels with the history of racism in the U.S. From 1976 to 2005, African Americans were accused of committing fifty-two percent of all murders in America. Also the U.S. arrested more than five thousand Americans for possession of cocaine, and more than four thousand of these were African American. I’m not excusing the fact that minorities make mistakes, but it’s hard to believe they are committing the majority of crimes. My theory is simple, if you take away the head of the household, primarily the main bread winner you also take away stability and hope for a family and its future. In other words, if you take away the father figure in a home the children lose a role model, the wife loses financial and moral support, and it too often pushes a young child out of childhood and directly into adulthood. This can cause a horrible, never ending cycle of run-ins with the law, more incarcerations, and further breakdown of the family. In America you are not considered an adult until you are the age of eighteen. An average 7,500 juveniles are imprisoned in adult prison facilities annually. However, these juveniles are by law too young to vote with adults, work most jobs with adults, watch r-rated movies without adults, smoke with adults, consume alcohol with adults, etc. Yet on the other hand the crimes they commit are labeled as adult crimes and they are treated as adults. Why are juveniles prohibited from interacting with adults on some most levels in society, yet treated the same in the prison system? To try and answer this question will always come back to reflect the juvenile’s maturity level. Who is it to say that murder is a mature action? As a matter of fact breaking any law is an immature action. In other words the laws on the outside of prison should apply on the inside. Jail personnel are simply not equipped to protect
Is there Adequate Training for the Caretakers of the Mentally Ill in Prisons?
Norris C. Land
November 25, 2013
There are numerous problems being faced by Correctional Institutions when it comes to the care of the mentally ill in prisons. I believe one of the primary problems is the inadequate training of the prison staff to understand the problem and how to care for these individuals. So instead of obtaining the much…
There are many varieties of inmates in prisons these days. There are female inmates, male inmates, young inmates, and old inmates. The three I am going to discuss are mentally ill inmates, HIV/AIDS inmates, and gangs in prisons and jails. These interest me most because I feel that they are the most dangerous. This is not always the case but they are interesting topics to me.
Mentally ill inmates could range from inmates with bipolar disorders to inmates dealing with depression…
should the issue addressed in prison? Various factors over recent decades have led to the decline in available psychiatric heath care in the United States. Subsequently, the mentally impaired are being treated in our nation’s prison system which has created strain on the prison mental health care systems as a whole. In 1985, the total number of inmates in custody was 744,208 according to a Gilliard and Beck 1997 state justice statistic. At the end of 2007, U.S. prisons and jails held over 2.4 million…
are our local prisons. A few decades ago we started a new type of segregation. This segregation is hidden from most of the population and lives behind the prison walls. This segregation is known as the segregation of the sick. Instead of putting a mentally ill person in a safe environment to get further treatment, we throw them in a prison and hope for the best. The mentally ill should be placed in a mental health facility instead of going to prison. Mentally ill shouldn’t go to prison because because…
The Mental Health System in Crisis
Mental illness has become an epidemic today. Penitentiaries and prisons have turned into the ultimate destination for those with painstaking mental or severe emotional impairment. There is widespread acknowledgement that people with severe mental illnesses should ideally be cared for by public health services or equivalent psychiatric facilities (and therefore diverted out of the criminal justice system…
Life in Prison
Sociology of the Criminal Justice System
Life in Prison
There are many increased precautions in ultra-prisons where the prisoners are locked into small cells for approximately 23 hours a day. They have almost no contact with other human beings and no group activities. The cells have no windows and lights are controlled by guards who leave them on night and day. For exercise there is usually only a room with high concrete walls and a chin-up bar. Showers may be limited to…
Jail and Prison
Roxabel Perez Garcia
September 18, 2014
Clifton Scott Franklin
Jail and Prison
Prisons are places where convicted offenders serve times as punishment for breaking the law. Jails are short-term confinement facilities whose purpose is to hold those waiting for trial or sentencing.
There are a large variety of types of prisons and those are state prisons, federal prisons, rehabilitation prisons, jails, minimum security, medium security, and maximum security. Other types also…
Between the 16
century, prisons were originally used as a place to hold accused
people temporarily until it came time for their punishment. Often these punishments consisted of
harsh consequences such as whipping or branding and would lead to death. These actions were
publicly performed in order to put the prisoner to shame. Within the 18
century, people held in
prisons were sent to do hard labor within the imprisoned area to…
“Prison State” is a PBS Frontline documentary showcasing how flawed the prison system is in the United States. The film revolves around the state of Kentucky and follows four prisoners, two of which are adolescent females, Christel and Demetria, and two adult males, Charles and Keith.
Christel is a girl who constantly skips school and ends up getting locked up for it. Demetria assaulted her aunt, which is what landed her in juvenile jail, among other charges. Charles committed burglary and was locked…
grandmothers, wives, daughters, and sisters are doing hard prison time all across the United States. Many of them are facing the prospect of years, decades, even lifetimes behind bars. Oddly, there’s been little public discussion about the dramatic increase of women in the prison system. What exactly is happening here, and why?
This paper will be a critical analysis of the book, “Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System. This paper will