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  • Medium Security Prisons Hold Inmates
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    Development of the Prison System Prisons were virtually non existent before the 1700's; prison was not considered a serious punishment for crime, and was seldom used. Instead, governments imprisoned people who were awaiting trial or punishment whereupon they would receive the more common capital or corporal types of punishment. Common punishments at that time included branding, imposing fines, whipping and the death penalty (capital punishment). The authorities punished most offenders in public ...
  • Cause Crime In Our Society
    440 words
    Better Alternatives Other Than Control and Punishment Society has other alternatives to decreasing crime than simply locking people in prison. Preventative programs focus on the community, school, family, employment and places. In addition, there are rehabilitation and restorative justice programs that can also be used to decrease crime. Prisons are the only alternatives we hear about from politicians because of the notion that prisons are "tough on crime". In reality, the method that reduces cr...
  • Hope Plays In The Prison
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    The Shawshank Redemption is a prison movie that is based on a book by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont. The movie is not the average bloody horror movie; instead, it takes you to a place where your worst nightmares come alive. The tremendous performance by Morgan Freeman and other actors has truly brought this film to life. The emotions characters portrayed were so real that every one could feel compassion toward them. The Shawshank Redemption, a contribution to the working man, illus...
  • Crack Cocaine
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    Sentencing disparities are an equally inequitable derivative of mandatory sentencing which requires increased sentences for crack cocaine violations, while offering flexible alternatives in cases arising from powder cocaine arrests. Powder cocaine is used by predominantly white middle-class or suburban defendants. More than 71 percent of women in federal prison and 35 percent of female state inmates have been convicted of drug offenses, usually involving crack cocaine, which carries mandatory se...
  • Prison Inmates
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    Why do we choose to break the law? It's socially accepted, most people break the law in a minor way, perhaps by speeding or J-walking. Unfortunately some people go to far and end up in prison. At that point society is divided, where is the line that separates us? What affects the outcome of what side of that line you are standing on? Education? Environment? Genetics? What would cause one subject to end up in prison while the other raises a family? Some researchers have concluded that it is in yo...
  • First Challenge Andy Faces
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    Shawshank Redemption The main character, Andy, is an accountant who was convicted of murdering his own wife. He is taken out of a life in which he is comfortable and placed in an environment that is completely foreign to him. The of other prisoners' lifestyles are not similar to his own. Andy is educated and probably has never had any other crimes other than parking violations. The challenges that Andy faces throughout the course of this movie will forever transform his life. The first challenge...
  • Prison Only Makes People Worse
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    Prison has been around in human society for many millions of years. Having someone who disobeyed the law of that village, town, city or country punished in some form of institution, cutting them off from people, is a common concept - a popular and supposedly "needed" process society has taken to doing for many years now has been put under the spotlight many times by many different figures and people in society. The question remains - do prisons only make people worse? Many articles have been pub...
  • Prison Life Most People
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    Prison Life Most people have no idea what it feels like to be in prison, statistically only one out of every five people will know what its like to be in prison. Approximately 1.4 million people out of the U.S.'s 280 million people are in prison. (Thomas, 2) The only reason people know about prisons is because of the media. The news, movies, and books all contribute to people's stereotypes about prisons. Prisoners receive three meals a day, workout facilities, a library, as well as other things....
  • Painless Method Of Execution
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    Is execution inhumane This very question will get many different opinions. America, perhaps more than any other country, has tinkered with the mechanics of legal executions in search of a "perfect" method. In operational terms, perfect would mean the most tame and reliable method of killing made possible by existing technology. The gas chamber, the electric chair, and most recently, lethal injection are the methods we use today. I am against the death penalty for many reasons: it's inhumane, the...
  • Fetiukov's Worthless Behavior
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    A Man In Despair In Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisov ich, prison camps are a brutality to which a person simply has no choice but to adjust. As the environment changes, a person must adapt as well. One needs to maintain satisfaction, concern for others, and dignity (Lee). For any prisoner this establishes a difficult task, especially for Fetiukov whose stretch harms him emotionally and physically; the forces of hardship deny him rights and play a role in destroying hi...
  • Prisoners Of Span One
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    Alessandro Simon i Wednesday May 1st 2002 Working Together My personal response is based on the story the Prisoner Who Wore Glasses written by Bessie Head. When I first read this story, I immediately realized some of the main points of the text such as political imprisonment and theft. However, I had to read the text a second time to see the link between the prisoners and collusion. I really liked Brille for he had courage to stand up to his warden and take no more from this man and as for Hanne...

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