A Country Called Prison: Mass Incarceration and the Making by Mary D. Looman, John D. Carl

By Mary D. Looman, John D. Carl

The U.S. is the realm chief in incarcerating electorate. 707 humans out of each 100,000 are imprisoned. If these at the moment incarcerated within the US felony procedure have been a rustic, it'd be the 102nd such a lot populated kingdom on this planet. apart from the numbers, if lets examine felony from a brand new perspective, as its personal kingdom instead of an establishment made of partitions and wires, guidelines and approaches, and criminal statutes, what may we be capable to learn?

In A nation referred to as Prison, Mary Looman and John Carl suggest a paradigm shift within the means that American society perspectives mass incarceration. Weaving jointly sociological and mental ideas, theories of political reform, and real-life tales from studies operating in felony and with at-risk households, Looman and Carl shape a origin of realizing to illustrate that criminal is legal is greater than an establishment outfitted of of fences and rules - it's a tradition. felony keeps good after incarceration, as ex-felons depart correctional amenities (and usually go back to impoverished neighborhoods) with no cash or felony identity of yankee citizenship. Trapped within the isolation of poverty, those felony extraterrestrial beings flip to unlawful methods of supplying for themselves and are usually reimprisoned. this case is unsustainable and the USA is obviously dealing with an incarceration epidemic that calls for a brand new viewpoint to eliminate it. A state referred to as Prison deals concrete, concrete, possible, most economical feedback to reform the legal procedure and support prisoners go back to a more fit existence after incarceration.

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9 million. We suggest that everyone who is under supervision by the criminal justice system is a citizen of the Country Called Prison. 9 million.  correctional system ranks 101st out of 239 countries in population size. It is larger than many countries, including New Zealand (which is 125th), Norway (119th), and Denmark (113th), to name a few (Central Intelligence Agency, 2013).  population, is under some form of supervision for criminal activity at any given time (Glaze & Parks, 2012). Despite recent small declines in prison populations, the total number of individuals who inhabit the Country Called Prison is larger than the populations of half of the countries in the world.

The theory of rehabilitation was built on the belief that the criminal was a sick person. The job of the prison was similar to the job of a doctor. ” Therefore, if the inmate [1 0 ] A Country Called Prison came into prison with deficits, the prison was supposed to fix those deficits. Prisons began to offer job training and occupation-related assistance. Prisons began to function less as houses of punishment and more like school; they began to “reform” the criminal (Blomberg & Lucken, 2010). Offering different types of vocational training in an attempt to rehabilitate offenders became quite popular.

In theory, reform schools were supposed to prevent young people from becoming hardened criminals. In the case of Daniel O’Connell (1870), the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that young people could not be held against their will unless they had committed a serious offense. O’Connell was a vagrant teen who was caught and placed in the reform school. The ruling called into question the manner in which reform schools were being used and whether or not they were actually reforming anyone. In releasing O’Connell, the Court asserted that setting up prison-like facilities for teenagers didn’t work well in preventing criminality and that the process of sending young people to them violated due-process standards (Champion, Merlo, & Benekos, 2013).

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