Life in Prison

1856 words 8 pages
Life in Prison

Cody Cotten


December 21, 2010
Chet Madison Jr.

Life in Prison

When an individual is introduced to the prison life, after violating rules and laws, he or she must come to terms about the journey he or she are about to take behind bars in prison. No one can save them, or do their time for them, and a majority of their freedom has been stripped from them either temporarily or permanently. Prison life deals with all walks of life and is not discriminative toward any race. In this paper I will discuss my perspective on prison life, policies I would enforce an inmate’s need for respect, changes on correctional policy, and why people commit crimes. I have learned many things about prison life. I
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According to Mackenzie Doris L. and Shaw James W (2007) there is evidence that a program called Shock Incarceration changed the attitudes of how offenders see their prison experience. A study was performed on several inmates who participated in shock incarceration and several inmates who dropped from the program. The study showed that shock incarceration offenders differed significantly from those in the regular prison in their adjustment to the prison environment. These program prison inmates were more positive in their experience and attitudes toward the future. Those who dropped out from the program had less pro-social attitudes.

Inmates’ Respect, Hope, and Safety Needs Prison inmates are people and just like anybody else they want respect, they want hope and help to retain it, and they have the need to feel safe in their environment. I think the main need for them is to acquire respect in an environment that is very rough. Respect means to show and receive courteous gestures for people’s feelings. It is normal for inmates not to want to be treated like less than human and just because they have committed a crime it does not mean they have forfeited their rights to respect. I think that when inmates show respect and receive respect they also guarantee themselves some safety. Hope is a feeling or belief that keeps everyone moving forward to a better tomorrow. Keeping hope going in the inmates’ minds is very important for the corrections department in order


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