Penal system in the United States

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  • Overcrowding And The Private Prison Industry

    Over the course of the semester I have learned that the process of analysis is a crucial aspect to fully understanding literature and broad aspects of society. Reading words and understanding sentences do not guarantee that you (the reader) have fully comprehended the main objective of the author. WRTC 103 has provided me with the tools necessary to effectively take the extra step and practice competent analysis techniques. For Assignment #4 I focused on two huge issues with the American prison system, overcrowding and the effects of the private prison industry. This topic is similar to what I wrote for the opinion piece but with a direct focus on overcrowding and the private prison industry. I picked this topic because it is something I…

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  • Effects Of Overpopulation In Prisons

    In today’s prison systems in the United States, prisons are being flooded with an extremely large amount of new inmates resulting in prisons in the United States becoming more and more overpopulated. The problem of prison overpopulation is only getting worse and becoming a major issue for the United States prison systems. Federal prisons are already 41 percent over their rated capacity and there are still inmates pouring into the prisons every day. There are several problems with prison…

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  • Pros And Cons Of Incarceration

    Incarceration: Is the U.S. Taking It Too Far? The American penal system has been a topic of discussion amongst American lawmakers for many years. The discussion heated up when American lawmakers started the war on crime in which they attempted to decrease crime rates by significantly increasing the incarceration rate of criminals. In this attempt to look tough on crime many American prosecutors may have lost track of the goal of reintegration into society by throwing too many people in prisons…

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  • Incapacitation Or Deterrence?

    Abstract: Incapacitation or Deterrence? Is it really a matter of one or the other or is it the matter of properly using both stratagem for the efficient, and effective management of the criminal justice system in America? Furthermore, in a decade where the penal system seems to focus on strictly punishment I seek to discover if there is a better way. According to Todd Clear and Natasha Frost (2014) by the year 2002 the penal system of the United States had exceeded two million…

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  • The Anatomy Of Racial Inequality By Glenn C. Loury

    impact of mass incarceration in the United States. Loury emphasizes the racial inequalities within society, society’s perceptions of race and crime, as well as, race and welfare. Karlan analyzes the role of voter disenfranchisement within black communities and felon disenfranchisement. Wacquant illuminates the vast affect of society’s views of blackness and the effects…

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  • Scandinavian Penal Exceptionalism Analysis

    “Scandinavian penal exceptionalism is a penal philosophy which reflects the values inherent in social democratic corporatism.” “The roots of penal exceptionalism in Norway have derived from the Soria Moria Declaration, which expresses the government’s positioning regarding important fields of social policy”. (Criminologist, 2007) “This principle purpose is to increase the volume of the government’s policy with a new view into developing and improving life in and outside of prison”. With the…

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  • Corrections, Deterrence And Functions Of Offenders In The United States

    American correction system is a communal based system with the role of punishing the offenders, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation of convicted offenders in the United States of America. Although there are other ways of controlling crime, the government rely heavily on prisons as a correctional department that can achieve this set goals. Most of correctional facilities in America are run by Federal government and include those people who violate federal laws (Clear et al, 2014).…

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  • Punishment And Inequality In America Summary

    controversial topics in America the American penal system; and how it went from a rehabilitative, self-reflecting tool in the early 19th century to a deterrent and strict form of punishment in the mid 20th century. Western also touches base on racial inequality in regards to imprisonment in the United States and the overall effect it has on one group of people. Western begins his book with a brief history of American penitentiaries, naming two famous institutions, Eastern State Penitentiary in…

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  • Mass Incarceration In The US Criminal Justice System

    Introduction As we know the United States has a major prison problem, the United States accounts for only 5% of the world’s population but responsible for over 20% of the world’s prison population (Mass Incarceration in the USA, 2015). Since the 1980’s incarceration rates have tripled since the tough on crime campaign (Wyler, 2014). One out every 100 is a person behind bars, the United States has more prisons than colleges. This should tell us something how are prisons more important than…

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  • Causes Of Mass Incarceration

    INTRODUCTION The causes of mass incarceration, a term used to describe rapid the growth of the United States’ imprisoned population from the early 1970’s until the present day, have been a topic of great debate in recent times. The National Research Council reports that the United States’ penal population of approximately 2.2 million adults, at a rate of 716 prisoners per 100,000 citizens, is the largest in the world. This is an astounding increase from the early 1970s where the rate of…

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