The Interconnection of Social Problems

We are going to discuss the overlap of crime, punishment, and poverty. Here are the points that will be elaborated on: Criminal sanctions and victimization work to form a system of disadvantage that perpetuates stratification and poverty; Punishment impacts individuals convicted of felonies, as well as their families, peer groups, neighborhoods, and racial group; After controlling for population differences, African Americans are incarcerated approximately seven times as often as Whites; Variation in criminal punishment is linked to economic deprivation; As the number of felons and former felons rises, collateral sanctions play an ever-larger role in racial and ethnic stratification, operating as an interconnected system of disadvantage.

Criminal sanctions and victimization work to form a system of disadvantage that perpetuates stratification and poverty has three issues which discuss. “First, we describe current trends in criminal punishment by race, ethnicity and poverty status and note the major social scientific explanations for the observed differences. Second, we examine how patterns of victimization vary across racial and ethnic subgroups and discuss their probable implications for stratification. Third, we consider how criminal punishment, and the associated formal and informal sanctions that it implies, affect future life chances. ”

With the first issue, this means that criminal punishment is done by social issues which means things need to change in order for some of the social issues to subside. Our second issue is where we see where and why the things are happening. On the third, we make our opinions on what we think might need to be done. Punishment is another issue we are going to discuss. Here we are learning when punishment is working and when it is not. Punishment was harder on more people years ago. Punishment shows more incarcerations today because of people doing wrong everywhere. However, race does have a major impact here too. The economy falling like it is today is another reason we see so many social issues. There is a lack of jobs and that can lead to criminal behavior.

This in that case leads to incarcerations especially if it happens over and over again. There is such an overflow in prisons that they are trying their best to give them smaller sentences today. “Criminal sanctions are typically inflicted by the state. The central role of the state in determining the severity of these sanctions and inflicting them requires justification. One justification for state-inflicted sanctions is simply that the state is more likely than other agents to determine accurately what a wrongdoer justly deserves and to inflict a just sanction on those who deserve it. Hence, in principle, the state could be replaced by other agents, for example, private individuals.

This hypothesis has given rise to recent calls to reform the state’s criminal justice system by introducing privately inflicted sanctions, for example, shaming penalties, private prisons, or private probationary services. This paper challenges this view and argues that the agency of the state is indispensable to criminal sanctions. Privately inflicted sanctions sever the link between the state’s judgments concerning the wrongfulness of the action and the appropriateness of the sanction and the infliction of sufferings on the criminal. When a private individual inflicts punishment, she acts on what she and not the state judges to be a justified response to a criminal act.

Privately inflicted sanctions for violations of criminal laws are not grounded in the judgments of the appropriate agent, namely the state. It is impermissible on the part of the state to approve, encourage, or initiate the infliction of a sanction (for violating a state-issued prohibition) on an alleged wrongdoer on the basis of a private judgment. Such an approval grants undue weight to the private judgment of the individual who inflicts the sanction. ” This states that the hypothesis raised several things but it shows how things are being done. “Part of Rebecca Escobar’s punishment for killing a woman in a drunken-driving accident is repeated public humiliation.

Once a month, Escobar makes an agonizing hour long trek around the county courthouse in Wilkesboro, N. C. , clutching a hand-written sign. “I am a convicted drunk driver,” the sign announces in black and red. “And as a result I took a life. ” Here you will see how shame is towards punishment. ” “The leader of the Assembly Democrats is calling for a new era in the punishment of teen-age criminals by giving first-time offenders real punishment rather than a second chance and a clean record. “One of the problems we have now is (teen-agers) who have come to view (the criminal-justice system) as a game at a very early age.

They have beat the system, and they aren’t afraid of it,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said after a speech to the Citizens Crime Commission, a non-profit group, in New York City. A second chance often becomes a third, a fourth and a fifth crime before a teen-ager is punished with anything harsher than probation, criminal-justice experts say. The lack of real punishment, they say, leaves many young criminals believing they can break the law without consequence. ” Here it is showing how teens are being treated with punishment for things. Criminal sanctions and punishment have these advantages and disadvantages just like everything else in the world does. However, you can clearly see what is being done and why it is being done that way.