The Effectiveness Of Prisons: Prison Rehabilitatio

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The Effectiveness of Prisons: Prison Rehabilitation and The Shawshank Redemption The Effectiveness of Prisons: Prison Rehabilitation and The Shawshank Redemption Prison has always been a place of intrigue for people who have not spent time behind the bars of justice. Countless movies have been made to feed that intrigue by depicting prison life, but most have been grossly inaccurate. The effectiveness of a prison system relies on the rehabilitation process that is enacted by each prison; this process is usually overlooked in most films. The Shawshank Redemption shows how movies misinterpret rehabilitation and prison life. This false impression is what the general public views as, life behind bars. In the criminal justice system, prison plays a vital role in deterring citizens from committing offences. The images held by the general public, due to the media’s account of the prison system, are enough to prevent most people from committing crimes. This representation in movies and television programs is often false and misleading, portraying the prison system as a dangerous place where criminals are sent to pay for their crimes. Criminals are constantly shown living in fear of other inmates or working tirelessly on roads or laundry mats. These representations more often than not, disregard the rehabilitation process which is a key factor in proving a prison to be effective in its goal. The main goal of a prison is to not only segregate offenders from society but, to rehabilitate them back into the public. The effectiveness of a prison is measured by the extent of the prisoner’s rehabilitation. If the offender has been properly and fully rehabilitated then the prison is proven effective but, does the effectiveness of the prison solely rely on the extent of rehabilitation or are there other factors that contribute to the effectiveness? Very few movies depict
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