Prison Industrial Complex Today in the United States we are seeing a change in state of incarceration, according to prisonpolicy.org, since 2010 be have seen the prisoners released exceed prison admissions. This in fact is a major transformation because since 1977 releases have not exceeded admissions. One can view this in a positive aspect by thinking that the United States has finally started shifting their policies away from this asinine system of incarceration but in fact this may only be ploy to systematize a greater portion of our population. Even though release rates have grown, the United States still imprisons the highest percentage of its population. So in actuality, today, we are institutionalizing the greatest number of citizens in our history.
Determinate sentences involve sentences that have a fixed or flat time (Jirard, 2009). Determinate sentences play a large part in the increasing number of individuals in prison, which, as you can imagine, puts more strain on prisons financially. In the past two decades, we have become increasingly “tough on crime” which has helped to decrease crime to a certain extent. According to an article in the New York Times (2008), the US has fewer than five percent of the entire world’s population, but almost twenty five percent of the world’s prisoners (Liptak & , 2008). The author of the article goes on to say that people in the US are sentenced to do time for crimes that would not produce such a sentence in other countries.
From the railroads in the past, we have learned that faster transportation is better. Everything we need travels by boat or train or plane because we understand that is one of the most successful forms of transportation. Bye replacing home-based workshops with factories we have been able to grow our production rates which in the long run put our selling rates high. By switching from hand tools to large machines we have also been able to cut our jobs down, which allows for more money in the pockets of the business men. The industrial revolution has helped the nation and economy grown so much over the time but we know, nothing is perfect.
Seven times more black people are put into jails compared to white people. Earlier, he pointed out the money that spent on building jail is six times higher than money on education. Gopnik concludes that the mass incarceration benefits some businesses and companies through building more prisons. From Brecht’s literature, people are left in misery due to capitalist’s profit. It helps to reveal that the importance of profits is more valuable than humans.
The cash-strapped communities found this idea to be irresistible. Private prisons were paid according to the number of filled beds because of which these corporations constantly pushed for more inmates (Fisher, 2011). The very existence of a for-profit corporation raises an ethical issue: what are the implications of operating a prison on a purely profit motivation? A corporation has one bottom line and that is how to make as much money as they possibly can. There is no such thing as “enough.” It has a peculiar characteristic that it is legally bound to put its bottom line ahead of everything else, even the public good (Achbar et al., 2004).
Incarceration costs are much higher, normally running around $18,100 per year per inmate, with another $43,756 needed just to build a new cell block. With the information provided I believe the theory of the non-traditional approach of the electronic monitoring is a good way to go to help save money and help local cities on their debts as well. These are in my personal opinion a great approach to the system. The second NON traditional approach with the prison system I’d like to address is the MRT which is a focus on changing how inmates think and make decisions. Counselors hold group sessions twice weekly with 8 to 15 clients per group so that it’s more of a personal feel for the inmates they can better focus on the topics and not feel as pressured.
It would be a way for our economy to be stimulated. Just think… if these women could legally make up to three hundred thousand a year (if not more) that was taxed; common sense says they would spend it. More money in our economy means more growth in the job industry, which would just enable men to spend more money on sex. America is in the middle of this crisis where there are not enough jobs, so we need to stimulate the economy. According to fox news there are over one million prostitutes in the United States alone.
In the course of a year, there are 12 million admissions to secure facilities. Enough people are admitted to prisons and jails every two days to fill the New Orleans Superdome to capacity. The administrative manning and cost to house and provide care for prisoners has skyrocketed. Prisons are so overcrowded that prisoners are being released early to provide for more serious offenders. This increase is largely due to added staffing levels, new prisoner programs and rights, care of the elderly, and less lenient laws.
Reasons for growth in the State Prison system part of the over population in prison has been merited to the changes in sentencing practices. The sentencing practices are part of the harsh constraints on judges and parole individuals, there are required to examine each individual case and their own special circumstances. 1980 was the large increase in incarceration; some say is based on the war on drugs and trafficking of illegal drugs to the United States. Poverty Poverty has many ways of dealing with the prison growth, there are more crime related issues than there are work, people try to get money easy and get themselves into a bigger hole. The profiling of people who have been incarcerated is one of the main reasons why most employers won’t hire an individual, therefore this people do not feel welcome in society and end up going back to prison, because they feel safer with food and
Community Based Corrections Unit 4 Assignment Professor Gordon Crews Kimberly Roundtree “As states and the federal government continue to experience an unprecedented growth in the prison population with diminished resources, the development of alternative-based punishments both before and after incarceration has become a necessity rather than a luxury (Steen & Bandy, 2007). Also known as community-based corrections, the necessity for these alternatives and best practices comes at a time when our knowledge of those programs most effective at reducing recidivism while addressing the individual needs of the offender is at an all-time high. Unlike other correctional options, community corrections are designed to minimize the penetration of the offender into the correctional system. At yearend 2008, more than 7.3 million adults (1 in every 31) were under some form of correctional supervision (Glaze & Bonczar, 2009; Sabol, West, & Cooper, 2009). This number included more than 5 million supervised in the community (probation and parole) and over 2.3 million confined in either prison or jail (Glaze & Bonczar, 2009).