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* Purpose and History Paper
* Joseph Ford
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* August 20, 2012
Robert Major
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Prison development dates all the way back to the early Roman times and even then there were forms of punishment for criminals. In today’s society we have come a long way from the Roman times with the way prisons are ran and punishments are enforced. With this development, there are two types of prison systems – Pennsylvania and Auburn. These systems have helped form the prison system today and the impact and involvement of prison labor over time. History of Punishment

The use of punishment in the American corrections system is crucial to our criminal justice system. The United States has the largest inmate population in the world, with more than 2 million in prisons or jails. (Whyte & Baker, 2000). In earlier days there were several punishment options one which was public shaming. By imposing this punishment, it was with the hope that the punishment would prevent the accused from committing future crimes. We have progressed through history in our punishment options for severe crimes from public hangings of the old days, to the electric chair and now lethal injection. Regardless of what form of punishment is used, it serves its purpose to ensure that criminals receive their fair punishment. History of Prison Development

Prison development has changed over the centuries, but it is without a doubt that the Auburn prison is historically important to what our penal system is today. During the colonial period there were two prisons for housing criminals, which combined lead to our prison system today. The prisons at the time were a temporary housing for criminals and debtors who were released to a work house. It was the Quakers who helped to develop the modern system we have where the prison and work house are combined and...
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