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Prison System

Updated on May 28, 2016

The System

While you have a system designed to punish and supposedly rehabilitate those that serve their time by reintroducing inmates into society with a scarlet letter (FELONY), one must know the effects of prison life. Could you mentally survive being subject to psychological warfare, abuse of power, months or even years in solitary confinement and still keep you mind? While there must be a system of justice to protect citizens and accountability for crime –What are the systems designed to do? If prisoners are created to rehabilitate those back into society –Are the profitable prison systems of today doing that?

The legal system is designed to punish certain groups to the maximum extent to the law while others are given a slap on the wrist. Money and race places a huge role in how “justice” is administered. The truth of the matter:

Correctional officers sleeping with prisoners. (?)

Correctional officers forcing sexual favors from inmates. (?)

Correctional officers ignoring or allowing murders and violent outbreaks to occur amongst rival gangs and prisoners. (?)

Stanford Experiment

Stanford Prison Experience

The Stanford prison experience conducted at Stanford University in August of 1971 consisted of researchers and psychologist interested in learning the cause of conflict between military guards and prisoners. The study exposed how prison effects those that enforce the rules and those obeying the rules. The experiment exposed the psychology of imprisonment. Some of the prisoners experienced psychological torture. Many prisoners accepted the psychological abuse and even harassed other prisons preventing the abuse at the urging of the guards.

Stanford Prison Study

New York Times Reported

New York Times -NICHOLAS FANDOS reported:

WASHINGTON — When Joseph R. Biden Jr. became the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1987, a few months ahead of his first and ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign, he told aides his goal was to enact legislation that would take a comprehensive approach to reducing crime.

As the ranking minority member of the committee since 1981, Mr. Biden had helped pass two bills establishing mandatory minimums for drug offenses. But as chairman, facing high violent crime rates, a crack cocaine epidemic, and accusations by Republicans that his party was soft on crime, Mr. Biden wanted holistic reform.

The effort, which defined much of his time as committee chairman, culminated in the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, a sweeping, bipartisan bill that touched nearly every aspect of American law enforcement that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Are the prison systems designed to rehabilitate prison inmates preparing them for society?

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1994 Crime Act reported:

“There are currently 2.4 million people in American prisons. This number has grown by 500 percent in the past 30 years. While the United States has only 5 percent of the world's population, it holds 25 percent of the world's total prisoners. In 2012, one in every 108 adults was in prison or in jail, and one in 28 children in the U.S. had a parent behind bars.”

A $70 billion dollar industry with companies profiting off of the prisoners free labor. One of the fastest growing businesses with a crooked justice system. All this money generated from prisoners but how many opportunities are there for prisoners to receive psychological counseling, obtain a trade while in prison so they are prepared to generate money for themselves once leaving prison, preventing jail rape, and preventing murdering of fellow inmates while in custody. Doing your time shouldn’t continuously result in fighting daily for your survival. Doing your time shouldn’t continuously result in prisons going in prison HIV negative and coming out positive, infected due to rape. Doing your time shouldn’t include being left unsupervised with hostile individuals prone to violence. Doing your time shouldn’t result in being released into society only capable of low paying jobs that can’t sustain the life of the former inmate or their family thus increasing one’s need to go back into a life of crime just to get by. Doing time shouldn’t mean you can be held 43 years in solitary confinement, such was the case of Albert Woodfox.

Sex Crime Statistics

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts about the conditions of the prison system? Does the system prepare for re-entry into society? Why do you believe so many horrors occur in prison? This industry makes enough profit to provide guards to monitor the prison so such atrocities do not occur. Organizations such as the ACLU have championed the cause of former inmates due to false imprisonment and terrible prison conditions. Why are these jail constructed to enforce and encourage further deviant behavior?


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