In some of these inmates crime and deviance is all they know. The strain they have put or have been put in for most is hard to come out of. Some inmates have been there more than 20 years and have no hope of ever getting out. The gang activity is so great at this facility that the inmates have managed to control the gangs still on the streets from prison. Can or will this stop is the question criminologist have to find the answers
When the mental health facilities were shut down, police and prisons are left to deal with the mantally ill patients. As these patients were released from the hospitals, due to their lack of mental health, many would become homeless and eventually cycle into the prison systems. Once in the prisons, these mentally ill individuals are offered much less care than what many of them need in treating their different types of disorders. Group therapy in such prisons is very informal and conducted in an uptight environment. In these sessions the inmates are kept in chains and separated by jail cells in an open room, as opposed to a patient friendly atmosphere the psychiatric hospitals are able to provide.
Before the birth of the modern penitentiary at Walnut Street (Philadelphia) in 1790, prisoners endured unimaginable squalor” (Roth, 2011, p. 86). With the implementation of the new correctional system many changes took place including the way the prisoners were housed, treated, and the way they spent their days. As we have learned the Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of the American penitentiary. As the article Walnut Street Prison states most prisons were typically built in a U shape with large rooms. The original role for prisons was just to hold criminals and no regard was given for an inmate’s well-being.
Tuberculosis, typhoid and cholera were diseases that developed in many cities killing thousands. Adding to these unbearable conditions, air pollution and malnutrition became a huge and deadly problem. Crime, Alcoholism and prostitution started becoming natural outcomes for individuals that were dealing with these ongoing problems. Also not only the living conditions were unlivable, working conditions were even worse. Depending on the hours throughout the workday, workers shifts could be doubled and workers could be working up to six days a week.
Often the countries bordering our homelands were already burdened with millions of refugees, or caught up in the very same problems that we are fleeing. Australia is regarded as a peaceful, democratic country where injustice and equality is thought to be immoral. We believe we would receive justice here. Instead, WE were imprisoned. At first for weeks or months, each of us were kept isolated from the outside world, with no mail, no telephones, no radio or newspapers, WE remained in prison.
There have been a lot of inmates beaten by prison administration, guards, and other inmates. “The average prison in the 1950s was ran by a philosophy that was fifty years behind the times.” (Corsini & Miller, 1954). They didn’t get prisoner rights until the 1960s. It usually didn’t matter what the person had done to become a convicted felon, they were often treated like animals after they got to prison. “In 1980 federal district judge William Wayne Justice issued a ruling in a class action case, Ruiz v. Estelle, filed by inmates in 1972.
Miguel Castana, the antagonist in We Were Here, is sent to juvinile hall because of the very bad thing he did. His mom could not even look him in the eyes when she delivered him to the institution. The judge sentenced him to three days in juvinlie hall and one year in a group home. While he was spending time in juvinile hall, he was supposed to be writing journal entries about his experience. Well he met Rondell, but that's not that much of an honor because he cant read, and he is way bigger than Miguel.
This man caused a family to be broken, a man to be scarred forever, and disturbed the minds of thousands of people across the nation. I guess it goes without saying that he deserved far more than life in prison with a chance of parole. This criminal deserved the DEATH penalty. You should definitely consider this a case of injustice. Lastly, the Charles Manmosn case was a situation of injustice because it make other criminals think that they can get away with doing wrong things without getting proper punishment.
Introductions Where Alabama inmates fade into old age: How would you feel if you had been in prison for so long that you’d forgotten why you were in there in the first place? How would you feel if you were so weak that you had to lie in your cell all day with tubes going in and out of your body just to keep you alive? How about if you were so weak that you couldn’t even go to the bathroom by yourself? That’s the harsh reality of some of the inmates in the prison for the aged and disabled in Hamilton, Alabama which you can read about in the article by Rick Bragg, New York Times, November 1st, 1995. Gary Gilmore’s letter to Nicole: What goes through the mind of a man who has murdered two other men?
Some believed that to be permanently isolated from human contact is to be sentenced to the punishment of living death (Gomez, 2006). Although maybe extreme, this description is not far from the lives of many inmates housed in solitary confinement all over the world. With little or no contact with other humans, the prisoners are forced to live days and even up to 20 years without interaction or external stimuli in their environment. As humans are social creatures (Baumeister & Bushman, 2008), this lack of stimuli often has negative psychological consequences (Louw & O’Brien, 2007) including suicide, depression, chronophobia and Ganser syndrome. These negative psychological effects are the result of lack of human interaction and external stimuli.