Instructor Cort Hodge
January 24, 2015
In, “Beyond the Prison Bubble,” published in the Wilson Quarterly in the winter 2011, Joan Petersilia shows different choices about the imprisonment systems. The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation (para.1). The crime rate over a thirty year span had grown by five times since 1960 to 1990. There are more people of color or Hispanics in federal and state institutions then there are of any other nationality. The prison system is growing more than ever; the growth in twenty years has been about 21 new prisons. Mass imprisonment has reduced crime but, has not helped the inmate to gradually return back to society with skills or education. But the offenders leaving prison now are more likely to have fairly long criminal records, lengthy histories of alcohol and drug abuse, significant periods of unemployment and homelessness, and physical or mental disability (par.12). The first section of the summary talks the growth of the prison systems. The mass incarceration has grown and does not help the inmate to function as a normal citizen who goes back into society. Rehabilitation is not required for them but, it is offer and is not a required to help with daily task as education, skills or a job. Most of the inmates and even some need housing and public assistance that is not given to them. Inmates are restricted to work in normal setting due to criminal records or are forbidden because they have records.
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