Incarceration Of Prison And The Correctional System Essay

1162 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
In America today, imprisonment has become a $60+ billion per year industry, and will continue to increase. The “prison industrial complex” includes not only those agencies directly involved in delivering punishment (courts, corrections, parole and probation agencies, etc.), but also a widening array of entrusted interests that depend for their political and economic well-being on an ever-increasing supply of inmates. Inadequate healthcare, violence, accidental deaths, reform for juveniles entering the system, and recidivism are the main issues occurring in the correctional system and ongoing flaws. Beyond the recent growth in the number of inmates and facilities associated with imprisonment, several developments unique to this new era of punishment deserve notice.
Is Prison helping Inmates?
If the prisoners are locked up in prisons, then they cannot commit crimes. Additionally, they feel that the criminals can be reformed behind bars. Also, they view detention as a deterrent against future crimes. For example, if a law-breaker sees his friend in jail for a crime he committed, then the other party will be less willing to break the law and end up in prison as well. Furthermore, punishment itself would satisfy most of society when the criminal is imprisoned.

Although this sounds great in theory this isn’t what is happening in prisons or juvenile detention centers. The overcrowding in correctional facilities are encouraging more violence, funding for programs isn’t being used…

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