Prison is an institution that society creates to confine people convicted of breaking the law. It is designed to be an institution that deters people from committing crimes, punishes and rehabilitates criminals, and protects the public by keeping dangerous offenders off the streets. It is important to study this social organization to gauge whether the manner in which society deals with criminality via prison is effective. In light of the evidence, it appears that the objectives of imprisonment do not match their desired effects. Prison has an economic basis and punishes crimes that are often committed by the poor. In many respects, the real criminality is committed by society, which criminalizes the poor by not allowing them the opportunity toward self-empowerment. Moreover, prison subtly supports established institutions, because by focusing on individual wrongs, it takes away attention from the inequity in social institutions. 12 pgs. 13 f/c.9b.
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Filename: 1542 Prisons.doc
2.1761 Foster Children and The Juvenile Detention System.
3 pgs. 2 f/c. 6b.
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Filename: 1761 Foster Children.doc
3.1762 The Effect on Children of Multiple Foster Placement in Regard to Deviant Behavior.
This paper discusses the severity of foster placement on children. Discussed are the importance of emotional care. Some deviant effects on children are lying, stealing or a learning disability. 8.5 pgs. 9 f/c. 8b.
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Filename: 1762 Foster Placement.doc
4.1981 The Privatization of Correctional Facilities: An In-depth Look.
The pros and cons of privatization tend to be flip sides of the same coin. For instance, those in favor of privatization argue that use of private contractors will lead to cost efficiency in the design and building of new facilities. Those who are against privatization, argue that it is that very independence of the contractors which will lead to higher costs since the profit margin now needs to be factored in as well as the possibility of "low balling" and other disreputable practices. This paper intends to examine both sides of the argument in terms of quality, cost, flexibility and accountability. However, it will also be argued that privatization is a step backwards in terms of societal, and governmental responsibility. The government is mandated to pursue punishment through objective laws, to maintain sovereign control of public policy (including punishment of offenders) and to preserve the good of society as a whole against the self-interest of a few. Privatization of prisons (not to mention schools and hospitals) is in direct conflict with these aims. 8.5 pgs. 19 f/c. 5b.
5.3734 Electronic Monitoring: A Boon for Corrections?
This 11-page, 6-source paper studies the development of electronic monitoring (EM) and its implications for the corrections community. EM is a using a transmitter, usually in the form of a wrist or ankle strap, to monitor parolees or prisoners electronically instead of traditional bricks-and-mortar prisons. The author first defines EM and how it developed in the 1960s, then how it re-emerged again in the early 1980s when prison overcrowding became a serious issue. Although cost effective, the limitations of the technology are discussed, including the constitutional issues involved and the belief by some that the technology has Orwellian invasion of privacy overtones. While the technology hasn't quite caught on in the United States, the author points to a program in Europe which has been successful, and in the last section of the paper, provides an overview of new technology enhancing EM, such as satellite tracking and implants. Font style and Chicago documentation are per the professor's guidelines. 11 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Filename: 3734 Electronic Monitoring.doc
6.9877 Public Images Of Prison And Criminal Justice Systems And Their Effect On The Perception Of Incarceration.
This 15-pages paper analyses the public image of the prison system and the criminal justice system in media. The paper contrasts this image with the reality of incarceration systems and concludes that the media is inaccurate in its images. This affects the public opinion in the subject. 15 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Filename: 9877 Public Images Criminal.doc
7.8007 Parole: An Outdated Concept?
This is an 8-page paper that analyzes the concept of parole. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.