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Angelica Lugo 1. I used to believe that in prisons, prisoners were sent to be punished but also taught how to be brought back into society. After learning that prisoners don’t know how to readjust into society once they get out they don’t know how to get a job or anything. It actually makes me have some sympathy for prisoners because it’s like they’re a lost cause. I believed correctional systems were supposed to help prisoners, not treat them inhumanely. 2. I watched the documentary 13 th on Netflix. The documentary was very eye opening and I was very shocked by the facts that were thrown at me. In class I figured out that there was 2.3 million prisoners in the United States. What made me sad was that the United States has 5% of the world population but 25% of the prison population. That is really ridiculous that we have that many prisoners in the United States. Another fact that stood out to me was that African Americans are 6.5% of the United States population and 40.2% of the prison population. It blows my mind and it makes me feel like prisons are mainly holding minorities. These statistics scared me because it makes me feel like correctional systems are more prone to minorities over white people. 3. My stepfather made a comment on prisons that really bothered me today. He was telling my sister that prisons aren’t as bad as she thought. He told her that they have programs that help prisoners when they get out of jail. I had to cut him off and tell him that prison is a horrible place. My stepsister’s mother is in prison. I told her the honest truth that I have learned so far in your class. I had to break it to her that her mother will never be the same and there is a high chance she will have PTSD when she gets out. I felt like she shouldn’t have been lied to about prison.
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4. After Professor Sheridan recommended that we google “meth mouth.” I decided to look up and when I looked at the pictures I was disgusted. The decay to the teeth was terrifying and I would not wish that on any human being. It made me feel a little sick that
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