Models of Corrections

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"The history of correctional thought and practice has been marked by enthusiasm for new approaches, disillusionment with these approaches, and then substitution of yet other tactics"(Clear 59). During the mid 1900s, many changes came about for the system of corrections in America. Once a new idea goes sour, a new one replaces it. Prisons shifted their focus from the punishment of offenders to the rehabilitation of offenders, then to the reentry into society, and back to incarceration. As times and the needs of the criminal justice system changed, new prison models were organized in hopes of lowering the crime rates in America. The three major models of prisons that were developed were the medical, model, the community model, and the …show more content…

It was kept because crime rates began to drop and officials felt that the model of corrections was the cause. This model of corrections has a positive affect in scaring some from committing crimes but not all. It may reduce the rate or crime but just how harsh is this policy. All people whether criminals or not deserve some basic rights. Will this program take away these people's right? Again, this program will only work for some people. It is a positive aspect to have harsh punishment for those who need it but it may not be necessary for all. As we go through the 21st century we need to think about the best way to deal with crime in the world and what we can do to correct it. We need a new system in America. The best way to deal with issues involving criminal punishment would be to combine all three of these models of correction. Each system had some good ideas but combined together they would be most effective. All prisoners should have the opportunity for some sort of therapy if they chose to have it. Some criminals may need help dealing with issues that caused them to commit crimes. Therapy and some sort of diagnosing should be given to every criminal. If they are diagnosed as a normal person then they would serve their time and then be released back into society. Those who need help should be given the help. Those who for instance are cold hearted killers and wish to receive no help should just


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