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Chapter 5 Prison Systems
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Introduction Prison institution designed to house convicted felons serving one year or more Public perception holds that prisons are the most efficient sanction to meet the goals of punishment, deterrence, and incapacitation This has led to a prison construction boom, more offenders sentenced to prison, many for very long sentences
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Current Status of Prisons in the United States President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice report (1967) advocated for more rehabilitative and less punitive stance How does this compare to modern public opinion?
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Primary function is to hold convicted felons Prisoners don’t just sit in their cells all day Secondary function is to provide programs that assist in the management of the prison by keeping inmates busy and prepare them for release and transition to the community.
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Growth of the Prison Population By the end of 2004, over 2.2 million
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