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Social Process and Social Development
CJA 314
May 9, 2012

Social Process and Social Development
Many people frequently speculate about the reasons that offenders commit such violent acts and if the crime may possibly have been stop by noticing warning signs of abnormal behavior. The video that I have chosen to write my paper on was Tent City Arizona. “The Tents Jail was created in 1993 when Sheriff Joe Arpaio was able to obtain some leftover military tents. These tents were set up in an area bordering one of the existing Maricopa County Jails in Phoenix, Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio had previously decided that he would not release any inmates due to jail overcrowding, and housing sentenced inmates in the tents seemed like a good solution”. ("Jail Information", 2011) Most offenders that have previously did time in Tent City has learned some type of valuable lessons and will not return to jail. In order for the inmates to eat a meal each day they are required to work for their food. When offenders are convicted and placed in an institution, the general public wants that person to suffer the consequences of their actions and should not live the fabulous life while they are incarcerated. In many jails and prisons around the country there are many inmates that are living the luxury life while serving out there sentenced, having televisions, ipods, name brand clothing and shoes, and etc. Inmates are living the life that many people wish they could live they have a place to sleep, no bills, cable television, free health care, and food to eat three times a day. Many people ask what message is this sending to possible criminals. In the minds of a criminal, they truly have nothing to lose only to serve a better lifestyle in prison. “In Maricopa County Arizona, the inmates in Tent City has to work either on a chain gang in one of the jail-support facilities such as the kitchen, or at jobs in the community through work-release and unpaid leave programs....