The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea.
This means, if my maths is correct, that if the U. To put that into perspective: With such high imprisonment rates, one would be inclined to ask what is the purpose of putting someone behind bars and how beneficial is it to society as a whole?
Justifications for Incarceration There are three common reasons why criminals are sent to prison for which I could come up with a joke, and one other one: We just have to climb over the barbed wire fence and then another barbed wire fence and then one more barbed wire fence and voila, we've broken into prison Rehabilitation - Perhaps the loftiest of these goals is the hope that sending someone to prison will reform them as a person.
Incapacitation - Imprisoning those who have a track record of endangering others prevents them from harming anyone further. Other than inmates, of course, but we don't give a shit about them.
And maybe the guards, but they knew what they were signing up for. And the rest of the population, when they're released. But other than that no one can possibly be harmed.
Retribution - Ah, good old fashioned punishment for the sake of punishment. The mere knowledge that someone who's wronged us or someone we love or someone we don't love, is rotting away in a cell somewhere, just fills our hearts with joy and warmth.
Deterrence - The threat of imprisonment for certain criminal acts should, in theory, deter people from committing those acts. In practice, with the highest prison population in the world, it's hard to argue that incarceration is an effective deterrent.
Feel free to come up with your own punchline here if you want. Cost and Effectiveness Maintaining the number one spot for putting people behind bars certainly doesn't come cheap and the U.
For the price of attending Harvard per inmate, you'd expect luxury accommodation and 5 star services right? You may also be upgraded to the presidential suite where you get your own private quarters with no access to sunlight for 23 hours a day, at the whim of the guards.
Solitary confinement is widely regarded internationally as a form of torture but 80, american prisoners are kept in these cells at the sole discretion of their correctional officers. It's like if your local doctor had a quota for pancreatic cancer diagnoses that they must meet just so surgeons can earn more money.
Some luxury cells come with extra high ceilings, probably to make it harder for you to hang yourself; the warden hates paperwork After being forced to perform slave labor in a tumultuous and often tortuous environment, one would expect there to be measures in place for them to assimilate back into mainstream society when they're released right?
Yeah you've probably caught on to my sarcastic leading questions by now, but in case you haven't, the answer is no.
Well at least there are only a little over a million of them released a year, phew. Conclusion I am not denying the horrors of some crimes, but forcing over 2 million people into a perpetual cycle of being in and out of the prison system is not an effective solution.
There is a temptation to think that the best way to reduce crime is to punish the criminals harshly, but this is like saying the best way to clean your ass is to eat foods that cause constipation. In real life, the Batman approach to being tough on crime comes at a really high cost to society.
Like a smoke alarm that goes off after the entire neighborhood has been reduced to ashes, lawmakers are finally starting to become aware of this, but there's a lot of work ahead of us yet.The Most Successful Prison System in the World is Also the Most Radically Humane.
and effective, prison system used in Scandinavia. If so, please consider a donation to help the evolution of Wake Up World and show your support for alternative media. Sep 04, · Given our present prison system with its emphasis on punishment and retribution, everybody suffers.
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L. Rev. 3 () A. Why Current Procedures in the Prison System Do Not Rehabilitate. A recent study () by the U.S. Department of Justice 5 found that more than half of all prison and jail inmates have a mental health problem compared with 11 percent of the general population, yet only one in three prison inmates and one in six jail inmates receive any form of mental health treatment.
TORONTO—U.S. prisons are too punitive and often fail to rehabilitate, but targeting prisoners’ behavior, reducing prison populations and offering job skills could reduce prisoner aggression and prevent recidivism, a researcher told the American Psychological Association on Saturday.
So how effective are prison sentences as punishment? It tends to depend on the prisoner and the type of crime that has been committed. For most people, prison is a severe punishment, but what about that other small percentage?