Are Prison Obsolete Analysis

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For something to qualify as obsolete, it must be out of date or no longer produced. Angela Davis questions in her book Are Prisons Obsolete whether or not the use of prisons is still necessary or if they can be abolished, and become outdated. Davis raises many questions and challenges about the use of prisons in today’s world. A few of the leading concerns when it comes to prisons is the topic of sexual abuse especially towards female inmates, the idea of prison being a racial institution, and the establishment of prisons for profitable purposes. Criminals have full access to what life in jail is like, but many citizens who have not experienced prison are not fully educated on what actually occurs behind closed doors. Effective alternatives …show more content…
A strip search for women inmates includes examination of private body cavities, meaning fingers being inserted into their vaginas, and sometimes both their vaginas and rectums simultaneously. There were not specific modifications made to house women in prisons. A common alternative to prison was being placed in mental institutions. Women criminals were viewed as insane, and were given drugs to deal with any existing problems. If a white woman commits a crime, than it is believed she has some emotional or mental disorder, that cannot hold her criminally responsible, but if it is a black woman committing a crime, than she is considered a criminal with little to no …show more content…
However, my one suggestion is keeping open a specific prison system designed to seek justice for murderers, rapists, and child abusers, who commit the most horrendous crimes. Within the prison system, there is a general lack of respect and regard of human life that has become a prevalent attitude among many prison workers. The primary focus is what will replace prisons, so that they are not needed, and the world can function without them. Angela Davis states, “There is a growing body of literature on reshaping systems of justice around reparation, rather than retribution” (Davis, 2003, p. 114). If an extensive number of abolitionists are working together, solutions such as access to drug programs and mental health care, as well as improving family and community connections, will be enacted. Though the main purpose of prison is to house criminals, due to the neglect, mistreatment, and racial inferiority they cannot be considered an ideal system. I believe through abolition and creating alternative solutions the existing problems that are dealt with in prisons today will be

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