Problems at the Washtenaw County Jail Essays
While I’m not in a section of SOC389 that affords me an opportunity to interact with women prisoners, I am able to converse with fellow classmates that do. These classmates have …show more content…
When the Women’s SOC389 Jail Discussion section was discussing with my SOC389 section ways that would still administer punishment to incarcerated women while allowing communication with their children to remain intact, we concluded with the idea of implementing some sort of community based program. A similar conclusion was reached in my section’s PCAP proposal for male inmates, but I personally feel that the issue is more insidious within the women’s jail. “Children are the future” is such a cultural touchstone that has almost turned into a cliché. Yet, cliché or not, it’s the truth. When a child is neglected in a way that causes them to have the same problems – such as incarceration problems – as their parent, who is the source of neglect, the first instance of this can be viewed as the start of a vicious cycle.
There are problems that arise when one tries to end this cycle. More common than not, it boils down to funding going toward the construction of new prisons instead of programs that would offer support to women. Donzinger cites two examples of states channeling money toward prisons instead of beneficial support programs. The first deals with Hawaii, where “legislators…proposed spending