Educating convicts

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Shortly after reading in Rereading America, “Learning to Read”, an essay by Malcolm X, I had wondered what other forms of educations lay behind prison gates. Malcolm X never made it past the eighth grade, yet after a st ... Continue Reading

Female Recidivisim

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The influence of society’s gender biased roles can be traced back to the moment of human birth. Immediately sex roles are defined and can be divided into stereotypes. At a very young age the child is exposed to what it means to be either a boy or a girl. There are the gend ... Continue Reading

Corrections: The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shaw Shank Redemption is a movie about time, patience and loyalty. It is about how two men serving life sentences in prison become friends and find a way to fight off despair. The film itself reflects the slow passage of the decades. "When they put you in that cel ... Continue Reading

Reflection Paper #2

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Throughout history, there have been many movements for social reform. These movements have included things from civil rights for minority groups and women to environmental conservation. Each of these movements had the big name people who really helped the movement, but oftentimes there were people ... Continue Reading

Babies in Prison: Should Never Have Been

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In my opinion, women with young children should not be able to have their infants living in prison with them. However, how do we balance the attachment needs of the child in opposition to the negative consequences of growing up in prison? We must take into consideration the ... Continue Reading

Effectiveness of Missouri’s Department of Corrections Drug R

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To meet the needs of drug-addicted offenders, Missouri implemented three drug-abuse treatment programs that rehabilitate offenders at various stages of criminal activity. The Offenders Under Treatment, Post Conviction Treatment, and Long-Term Cocaine Addiction programs treat offenders on p ... Continue Reading

Alternatives to prison

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We live in a society that is screaming help. When it comes to a mental illness or some kind of treatment that a doctor can be of some aid to he is allowed to go through great lengths to provide the best care possible. A psychiatrist can listen and make available treatmen ... Continue Reading

Elements Of Recidivism

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Recidivism is a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior, especially a relapse into criminal Behavior. I often wonder why there are a large number of inmates who are repeat offenders. In a study according to the Justice Department, the ... Continue Reading

Intermediate Sanctions in Society

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An intermediate sanction is best defined as “offender control programs that fall somewhere between probation and imprisonment.” An intermediate sanction is a diversion program that allows the offender to remain in the community to be punished and receive services. The offender must comply with ... Continue Reading

imprisonment of minors

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Why would our government try to hurt kids? Well, kids are being hurt right now. Yousee, in America punishment, rather than rehabilitation is being emphasized for juveniles who commit crimes. This way of thinking must stop with the addition of rehabilitation and prevention programs for juvenile offen ... Continue Reading

What faith can do

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Have you ever wondered why many criminals find a higher power while being incarcerated? Is it because they want to change their lives? Or is it because they want an early release? Research shows that spiritual programs benefit some inmates because they receive fewer disciplinary reports th ... Continue Reading

Drug Offenders

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There are many issues facing the rehabilitation field today. Some issues are approached with more concern than others. People feel that issues should be dealt with on a priority basis, and it seems that drug offenders are given a low priority. In my opinion, the most important issue that needs to be ... Continue Reading

Problem Solving Courts

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Due to the overwhelming caseloads processed through the court system, the needs of the offender for additional treatment (i.e., drug addiction, mental illness, alcohol abuse) find themselves incarcerated in an already overcrowded jail or prison with little or no treatment programs to address their i ... Continue Reading

Night in the box

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“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week - which is the way he (Luke) wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.” Spoken with a heavy Southern drawl, The Captain of Cool Hand Luke addr ... Continue Reading

mothers in prison

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The dramatic increase in the number of women in prison in this country is a result of changes in criminal justice policy that were intended to 'take a bite out of crime' and wage a 'war on drugs'. The consequences of these policies for women is seldom mentioned and even less is heard about their ... Continue Reading

Prison Overcrowding

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The problem of overcrowding in our prisons ... Continue Reading

Th Elderly Offender

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When people hear the word inmate, they usually think of a young minority male. In the past minorities between the ages of 18 and 27 made up half of the inmate population in America. America’s prison population has traditionally been young and poor, but in recent years it ... Continue Reading


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Attitudes on Alternatives to Incarceration What other possibilities do you have except probation and parole? Those who want fewer taxes going toward prisons need to understand that might come with criminals getting a lesser punishment than other might. Then I ask, is parole and probation less pu ... Continue Reading

Insanity Defense And Concepts

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The insanity defense is when a defendant may be excused from criminal responsibility if at the time of the commission of the act the party accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from a disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and the quality of the act he was doing, or if he did k ... Continue Reading


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After watching the movie Rubaker it made me realize that everything we have read and heard about in class was true, I knew it was true but that movie gave a better visual. In the movie Rubaker the prisoners were treated very inhumanly, they were fed slop with magnets in it, beaten for no reason an ... Continue Reading

prisoner at work

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Prisoners at Work Currently at least 36 states have industries which are operating within prison walls and employ inmates. Why have prisoners at work? There are four main reasons for putting inmates to work: 1) to raise revenue through the selling of goods and servic ... Continue Reading

Drugs and Crime

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Use federal tax dollars to fund these therapeutic communities in prisons. I feel that if we teach these prisoners some self-control and alternative lifestyles that we can keep them from reentering the prisons once they get out. I am also going to describe some of today’s programs that have proven ... Continue Reading

Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

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Race, class, and gender have been a topic of discussion in America for centuries. There has been major sources of racial discrimination in our nation’s criminal justice system, the selective prosecution of women, immigrants, and minorities, African-Americans in particular. The American criminal j ... Continue Reading

How Long Should Juveniles Remain In Institutions?

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“How long should juveniles remain in institutions?” If, after a disposition hearing, the juvenile court judge finds that the community is inadequate to deal with the special needs of a delinquent youth, he or she may then be referred to the state department of youth services for confinemen ... Continue Reading

Boot Camps

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Thesis: Boot camp is a short institutional sentence designed to improve offenders self esteem and discipline. Since their inception, boot camps have been used as an alternative sanction to reduce prison populations. They are also designed to reduce recidivism and rising prison costs. ... Continue Reading