In 1829, in the common wealth of Pennsylvania a defined prison was built to create genuine regret. Abandoning Corporal Punishment and Ill Treatment! A group of well known powerful Philadelphians decided to bring forward the need of prisons. Eastern State Penitentiary Proponents of the system believed that the criminals exposed to thoughts of their behavior would become genuinely “penitent.” Thus the word Penitentiary.
“Working in a prison is a specialist job that requires great integrity and strength of character.In order to make this career work for you, it is important to enter it with an open mind and ahumane approach. Working in a prison is not a wise career move if the thought of havingpower and authority attracts you, because those are the wrong kinds of motivation, and youwill probably end up doing more harm than good. Prisoners can be influenced in positive ornegative ways by the approach that the prison staff take with them. Likewise, prison staffcan be influenced by the prisoners in their care.” PRO’s CON’s Being a positive influence Threat of violence A valuable life lesson Risk of being manipulated Good Benefits Self issue with power and control
“The Federal Bureau of Prisons, judged by any standard, is widely andconsistently regarded as a model of outstanding publicadministration, and as the best value provider of efficient, safe andhumane correctional services and programs in America.” If that is thegovernments Vision Statement why is this going on inside prisons?
Minimum Security Low Security Medium Security High Security Correctional Complexes Administrative Satellite Prison Camp Federal Satellite Low Security
Inmates and Prisons in 1970’s Inmates and Prisons in 2000 1970’s after the declaration of the As Americans if our intentions were really “War on Drugs” was the start of the to redirect inmates, “teach them to be rise of Inmates in America! penitent” offer second chances, educate, and progress. Our 1977 number of incarcerated inmates: outcome of incarceration should not be 452,790 almost 600 times more than any other country. 2005 number of incarcerated inmates: 2,193,798
It is the mission of the Federal Bureauof Prisons to protect society byconfining offenders in the controlledenvironments of prisons andcommunity-based facilities that aresafe, humane, cost-efficient, andappropriately secure, and thatprovide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assistoffenders in becoming law-abidingcitizens.
o A chance to reevaluate life o Inmates subjected to lived as a criminal. violence.o A chance to gain a free o Inmates subjected to rape. education. o Rejected from the workingo Helping inmates change there community when released. prospective.
This vision will be realized when: The Bureau provides for public safety by assuring that no escapes or disturbances occur in its facilities. The Bureau ensures the physical safety of all inmates through a controlled environment which meets each inmate’s need for security through the elimination of violence, predatory behavior, gang activity, drug use, and inmate weapons. Through the provision of health care, mental, spiritual, educational, vocational and work programs, inmates are well-prepared for a productive and crime-free return to society. The Bureau is a model of cost-efficient correctional operations and programs. Our talented, professional, well-trained, and diverse staff reflect the Bureau’s culture and treat each other fairly. Staff work in an environment free from discrimination. A positive working relationship exists where employees maintain respect for one another. The workplace is safe, and staff perform their duties without fear of injury or assault. Staff maintain high ethical standards in their day-to-day activities.
Thoughts about InmatesLiving a life as an inmate is not what everybody else isgoing to make it, its what your going to make it! Onlyyou can reevaluate your life and make corrections. Thereare only limitations but not impossibilities!
Living as a Wardens Daughter an a Inmates wife, I have no realControversy with either side. I believe Individuals are the flawsinside and outside the system. I believe many governmentemployees that work in the Prison system intentions arefair, however are unaware of the intensity of their job, then changebegins. Inmates on the other hand enter the prison with a pre-judgmental thought, preparing themselves physically andmentally not only against other inmates but also governmentemployees . I trust if we were able to focus back on our mainintentions to guide, instruct and allow inmates to be “penitent”we may have fewer reoccurring offenders, less violence againstprisoners and guards, and a greater understanding of Life on bothsides.