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Alicia Deal CJ 532 12-02-04 Novel Perspective Corrections and the Prison Movie Genre Criminologists, legislators (somewhat), and prison officials often rely on research, scholarly literature, and statistical reports to create an image of the penal system. However, the public, due to the vast majority's inaccessibility to corrections within their own daily lives, only source of information is obtained from the media to get an inside look of what goes on “behind the walls.” One medium that the public generally turns to for information about prisons is the movie industry. Yet how much of what moviegoers are exposed to is actually based on fact? And if not, what are the repercussions? Even more importantly, why should we be concerned about how the public views the corrections 'industry'? Robert Freeman (2000) identified three reasons for concern for the detrimental misconceptions held by the public. These very moviegoers, who have become bombarded with negative images of corrections, elect officials that the correctional community is dependent upon for “the definition of its mission and the resources to carry out that mission (8).” According to Freeman, these “ignorant” voters are not in a “position to influence elected officials to take those actions which are in the best interests of both corrections and society (8).” Thus, the result is sanctions that “create serious (unnecessary) problems for corrections (8).” Furthermore, there is need for concern if correctional administration is to fulfill the demand for new correctional staff in the future (Freeman, 2000). Yet if the correctional profession has 1
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difficulty acquiring new personnel because the good people needed possess a negative image about corrections, than administration will witness a mountain of problems concerning the future challenges facing the correctional profession (Freeman, 2000). Correctional administration and staff are particularly disturbed about how the public perceives the world of corrections. These pessimistic perceptions has the potential to damage the personnel’s' self- image. This may have adverse consequences not only for the employee but also for fellow coworkers and inmates. For example, an impaired self image can lead to stress and affect his/her job performance which can affect “their ability to accomplish the multifaceted mission of corrections (Freeman, 2000: 9).” Hollywood's primary motive is to increase their revenue, sometimes even at the expense of truth. In order to accumulate this income, Hollywood relies on the emotional impact a movie has on its audience and the audience's tendency to “root” for the underdog. Found in movies is the depiction of corrections as either a “smug hack” or a “country club.” Each elicits fear and disgust from the community that prisons are either too harsh or too lenient on the inmates. The smug hack corrections analogy connotes a desolate, “dangerous,” and “dark” prison where
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