Incarceration: Offenders And The Consequences Of Prisons

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Many people think that incarceration is like a vacation at a country club until they see what really happens behind the bars. Offenders do not get the help that they need when they are in prison. When offenders go to prison and when they are let out nothing has changed and they usually end up back in prison. The rates of population have gone up and prisons are becoming over populated. Craig Jones and Don Weatherburn proves, “The sentenced adult prison population has increased by about 20 per cent since the mid 1990s” (10). People are ending up in jail for small and victimless crimes for longer periods of time that they need to be. Sometimes when criminals are released they end up back in prison because they do not know how to survive on their …show more content…
Even though prison has strict rules it still is filled with criminals. Criminals can be very smart and can get things past security like weapons and drugs. When criminals have weapons and drugs in prison it makes it an unsafe environment. It carries the gang environment into the jails and makes it unsafe for everyone. People in prisons are usually on edge and high tensions because they can never let their guards down or seem weak. Mary McMurran and Gary Christopher explains, “While high levels of fear and anxiety may be protective in some situations, these may also be disabling both for coping with imprisonment and for effective participation in rehabilitation programmes” (105). Having high levels of fear and anxiety could be the cause of all the fights that happen. It is dangerous for adults but it can be very dangerous for the youth. If the youth is behaving the same way adults do then they are never learning how to be nonviolent. Juveniles should have a different environment because they are still growing up and they have a better chance at becoming a better person. Michelle Inderbitzin explains, “They identified a combination of programming, caring staff, and smaller populations which helped to make training schools a better experience than the more punitive prisons where they were incarcerated alongside generally older, stronger, more chronically criminal adults” (4). Juveniles are usually still learning how to make rational decisions. A lot of troubled children most likely do not like going to school and forcing them to learn in a place that they do not want to be can make it more challenging. Michelle Inderbitzin explains, “Most of the kids had not found school to be a useful or worthwhile endeavor when they were free; it seemed even less so when they were locked up” (11). This is non effective to juveniles because they may not be paying

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