There are two types of inmates in a jail, what if it is the maximum security prison jail, housing the criminals and many times, the under trial innocents. One more section may be added to the former, the die-hard criminals. To speak about this category, they are not only criminals, they propagate criminality. For them, criminality is a way of life. It is very easy to classify the inmates of a prison, according to the statistical needs. But actually, one crime leads to the other! Addiction to drug alone is responsible for sex offences and violent behavior.
Actually, it is the mistake of the jail system to club such offenders under one umbrella. Even the two murderers can not be equated in one category. A person, who has committed murder for the ‘honor’ of the family, can not be at par with the person who has committed murder for the sake of robbing wealth and valuables. These two are two different human beings and their perspective is different, even though you wish to send them to the same gallows and the same hangman will prepare their noose with the same quality of rope. y correctional goal is to change the heart of criminals.
“Brutal force has not won anything durable,” said Adolph Hitler in his dying moments. The society, your law has put them behind the bars, because they did bad actions. Bad actions can come out of bad thoughts. So, you need to change the thought process of an individual, to change his action process. As the wise saying goes,” When the thoughts are changed, the mind is changed, when the mind is changed, the man is changed, when the man is changed, the society is changed, and only by changing the social atmospheres, the negative tendencies like drugs, violence and sex offences can be checked..
As a warden, I shall conduct regular reformation and rehabilitation programs within the jail premises, for which I will take the help of Non-governmental Organizations and social workers with proven record. The criminals, including the die-hard criminals, have great potentialities. They are men of guts. In the absence of proper canalizing of their abilities, they moved to the wrong track. If checked and guided well in time, they can become good leaders. Their capacity for hard work is immense and they have something special in them. Today, I am the warden of this jail.
Through reformation and rehabilitation programs, when hey are finally released or acquitted from the jail, my farewell message to each one of them would be, “Best of luck brothers, I would never like to see you here again” The inner core of every human being is essentially good and divine, even of the worst villain. He needs to be aligned with his true personality, to arrest his downward march. As Director of Corrections in your state you have been asked to respond to the critics of your recently implemented new-generation jail model.
Support your position stating the advantages and known disadvantages of the model. The general state of affairs outside the jail is reflected within the jail. You can have a fair view of the moral standard, social disposition, the standard of living and the standard of life that makes the social structure of given society, by the study of the ‘criminal pool’ within the four walls of the jail. The old order has to make way for the new order and jail is no exception for this rule.
When a criminal is constantly nagged and abused, condemned and ostracized by society, he turns into a viler and bitter individual. His inner wounds need healing. Every crime has a reason. Through various correctional methods, we should help the prisoner to build a new identity. He deserves to be given the second birth, in this birth itself. The reformation program of the new generation jails, go a long way to treat human beings, as human beings. The environment within such jails is normal. Supervision and the overall management strategy paves way for safe and more comfortable living conditions.
But, let it be remembered that the essential objective of the new-generation model is not to provide facilities alone; the correctional objective is what the jail is all about. Massive expansion of the jails should not be the social goal. You need to introduce proper facilities no doubt, but train the staff to handle such facilities is more important. The correctional officials need to be good administrators and psychologists and above all, they should love their newfound responsibilities. They need to know that they are working for payment no doubt, but they are also working for a cause.
Discuss the effectiveness of probation as well as the future of the practice Tough community punishment systems are effective; but probation service has the human element ingrained in it. The statistics reveal that 60% of the released prisoners take up to crime again, within two years of their release. But what is encouraging is that the remaining 40% do not take to crime! Such reformed prisoners, provide the reforming influence to the society. A well-meaning prisoner released on probation is expected to provide the same service to the society.
Every possible measure, each small step that helps the prisoner to come out of the cycle of crime is a welcome step. The rising prison population has to fall and that can never fall by cane and hard punishment. To achieve this objective, the offenders need training; those who handle such offenders need more training and patience. To make the probation service a success, all concerned, the Courts, the Police and those handling the probation service and above all, the local community have to work with one vision.
Log on the following web page for the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www. ncjrs. org and search the collection of full text articles and studies on community sanctions, community justice, and intermediate sanctions. Select one article or study to review. Summarize the article in a written essay, attaching the article to the essay. Article selected: Department of Community Justice (www. multnomah. or. us/dcj. ) Community Justice's Mission Community Justice's Vision Adult Services Division Strategies Juvenile Services Division Strategies
Community Justice's Mission “Peter M. Senge, a leading author in organizational development and management, wrote that Leadership in a learning organization starts with the principle of creative tension. Creative tension comes from seeing clearly where we want to be, our vision, and telling the truth about where we are, our current reality. ” The future of the country is the future of the combustible younger generation. Generation gap is the ever present phenomenon at any given time. The society, since the known history of mankind, has never been crime free.
The mission of the Department of Community Justice is to mould the youth by implanting in them right values at the formative stage of their life. Due to ignorance, revengeful attitude, greediness and various other social factors, first time offenders will continue to flow into the jails. This unfortunate process can not be stopped altogether. Bur having landed in the prison once, the social organizations for the reformation and the rehabilitation of the prisoners have an important role to play. Upon their release from the prison, they should never revert to the path f crime again.
The community should accept and assimilate them with love, and help them to dilute and erase he jail stamp from their life. This real community justice! In this great noble endeavor, all the concerned agencies that have he good f the society at heart, such as schools, neighbors, service agencies, law enforcing agencies need to support the program. The consequences of the criminal behavior need not be condoned by the society, the law will take its own course—but genuine repentance and the willing acceptance of such genuine persons in the mainstream of the society, is need of the hour.