Negative Effects Of The Prison Boom

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When dissecting the effects of the prison boom, one may be tempted to overlook the children involved. The epidemic of mass incarceration has been one of the most devastating sociopolitical issues of the past three decades. Not only was the prison boom facilitated, it was engineered. There were policy’s put into place that geared there effort towards a specific demographic which untimely lead to the mass incarceration that America sees today. One could summarize that the steady rise in the prison population could be attributed to get tough on crime legislation. Likewise many could use Nixon’s war on drugs as a significant factor in the prison boom of recent decades. The criminalization of poor and urban America has wreaked havoc on the family …show more content…
Children of recently incarcerated maternal and paternal parents have higher instances of homelessness higher infant mortality rates, and neglect. COPB gives clear insight into one of the forgotten victims of the prison industrial complex, the …show more content…
This says that crime is caused by structural causes rather than individual traits. (Shaw and McKay 1942 Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas) This is better defined as the breakdown of social institutions in a community. Poverty creates excess crime and criminal behaviors. If this is true then a reasonable person could place the blame on certain administration 's politics such as the initial Nixon drug laws and then later Clinton 's mandatory sentencing guidelines. For all of the models used in criminological theory, they never account for racist or elitist tendencies to wield power in favor of like individuals. What would the theories of Shaw and McKay look like if it interpreted data from the perspective of an impoverished underclass? It is in my honest opinion that the theoretical models would not work properly within those parameters without providing a motivation for the constant individual cultivation of extreme wealth. The prison industrial complex has proven to be a social juggernaut, but one may be surprised at what kind of negative effects have been absorbed by the most vulnerable people in our society. According to Christopher Widman in his paper imprisonment and infant mortality Having ever been incarcerated or having an ever-incarcerated partner increases the risk of having infectious or stress-related

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