Us Prison System Essay

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US Prison System

There are many people who are critical of the US‘s prison sysetm; the idea of locking up those who commit crimes against a society simply to keep them from doing harm. Many say that more rehabilatation is necessary to improve these individuals and, therefore, society as a whole. What are some ways of doing this? Do you agree/disagree with this view and why? Is the prison system currently in place the best option for society? 2 pages, double spaced, 12pt. font.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Everyone knows that you can’t help someone unless they want to help themselves. When the prison system was first established, the possibilities in rehabilitation were nothing like they are today. They could make prisoners go to daily consueling, have small groups, write in journals, plant flowers…maybe even go to yoga classes or have meditation time so that they could become ...view middle of the document...


Besides, if you can’t get up, all you can do is wallow in the dirt. People often say about celebrities or political figures, “They are not above the law.” This is true, no one is above the law, but the law was made by other humans just like you and me and humans make mistakes…a lot.

The prison system is something that you would have had to experienced to know enough about to judge whether it is the best option for society. My outsider and nieve view is that there is no perfect way to deal with people that hurt other people. God says to forgive thy enemy and love him as your brother. That is practically unrealistic in our world for anyone. Hanging outlaws is no longer an easy solution to crime.

No one should be caged like an animal, animals shouldn’t either for that matter, but when someone violates/abuses another person’s rights; they deserve to have their rights taken away. To have your freedom taken away may be worse than death. At least in death you are free. If there were a better option, someone would have thought of it by now.
An idea that was followed through was the electric ankle brace, in which people who commit misdometers(eg. cable theft), or are on parole are on house arrest. They cannot leave at certain times and if they do, the ankle brace sends an alerts the police.

This option is all anyone could come up with? People have been murdered due to the fact some felons were let out on the ankle brace when they should have been locked up where they couldn’t do any harm to anyone but themselves. Until someone comes up with a perfect solution for imperfectionism…the prison system is the best place for those who break the law.

There are some things that should be changed about it though. For instance, some prisoners get cable TV and other such privaliges. There are people that don’t even have a TV, especailly cable. Prisoners get to make phone calls or see visitors and loved ones. Some people that arent in prison don’t have phone service or a phone and they cant talk to their loved ones because they were murderd by someone in prison. Yet, that murderer can still talk to thiers. It’s unfair…but life is unfair.

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