posted on Aug, 23 2012 @ 09:02 AM
reply to post by Muckster
I don't mean to interrupt your conversation here, but I would like to address this statement from a U.S. stand point. I say this because It has been
so long since I have lived in England or the EU for that matter that I do not remember how the prison systems work.
understanding the motive
behind a crime is the key to rehabilitating offenders.
The problem with this is that there is very little rehabilitation left in the U.S. prison system today, especially when it comes to race and gender
Yes there are programs that teach a trade or the possibility of obtaining an education, but that is about as far as it goes towards the rehabilitation
of inmates. Almost all prisons in the U.S. are self segregating and in many, it is encouraged, behind the scenes. The problem is so bad and has been
left unchecked for so long it has become the norm to the point where, in 2008, California decided to see what would happen, as an experiment, by
purposely desegregating a single prison.
There are a few prisons here that self segregation was not allowed from the very beginning. An example of this is the Nebraska State Penitentiary. A
neighbor of mine has worked in 9 different prisons around the country, all of which were self segregating. They were so accustomed to the non written
rules of this type of situation that when they took a position at the NSP and moved here, were too afraid of the inmates, retired from their position
and began working for the City jail due to not being able to handle the concept of a non segregated prison.
Rehabilitation went out of the prison system about the time they began to privatize. Looking at this, we can begin to understand it was no longer
about the rehabilitation of the inmates so much as lining the pockets of the private companies running them. The concept of rehabilitation has given
way to punishment and thus being considered a deterrent. This has failed as well as, although they are incarcerated and must follow a schedule of lock
down(confined to cells), eating, and yard(being able to mingle in common areas) the inmate rights are almost as free as outside the walls not to
mention, most of prison education is how to commit crime provided by other inmates.
The excuse given by the privatized prisons as to why rehabilitation is on the back burner is that there are not enough psychologists in order to
address every inmates issues. Personally, I feel it is the lack of process that is the main contributor and the mentality of "If we fix their thoughts
they wont repeat and thus less income" which explains part of the serious issue of prison overcrowding throughout the country.
23-8-2012 by Agarta because: Spelling