Prison Assessment And Classification System

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Prison Assessment and Classification
There are many things wrong with the current justice system. From police, courts, victims, offenders, and even the correctional system, many things need to change to make the system function better. In the current system, after someone is given their sentence they are sent to the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, also known as LARC. While they are here they are processed and asked a series of questions about their life. Some of the topics these questions cover are alcohol and drug abuse, medical problems, mental/health issues, education history, family history, criminal history, etc.
This is one of the things the correctional system does a great job at. They go above and beyond to make sure ever
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Prison is supposed to be a place where someone can be sent to punish them for what they did, provide relief for the victim(s) and their family, allow the public to heal from the crime that happened, and be a deterrent to other people and be a warning so they will not commit that same crime and end up in prison themselves. If someone is supposed to heal, change, grow, evolve, whatever word people want to use, how are they supposed to if they have limited options and receive little to no help while locked up? All this will do is show people that they will be locked up and have their life taken from them, then if they ever have a chance to get out they will have a possible hatred towards the system and all involved including society, police, judges, …show more content…
The first change is in the actual classification system. One idea is to keep the violent and nonviolent classes but introduce violent levels depending on the crime committed. If someone has committed murder they are a violent level IV offender, manslaughter they are a violent level III offender, assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon they are a violent level II offender, and armed robbery or strong-arm burglary or simple assault and battery they are a violent level I offender. Depending on their level they serve a certain amount of years under that status. If they continue their education, continue taking programs such as anger management and alcohol or drug treatment, and continue doing good at their job them their level status should be changed. For example, a level IV offender goes five years with good behavior and no issues and they then get knocked down to a level III and are able to get into certain programs and jobs they couldn’t have access to as a level IV. Then five years later they are knocked down to a level II offender. If they do another five years they become a level I violent offender. After five years of being a level I offender with no issues their classification is changed to nonviolent. Upon this a contract shall be signed stating if they do a final term of five years with good behavior they are eligible for release. However, if the person breaks parole or

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