A prison is supposed to be a behavior correction place in the society, where individuals who are unable to keep up with the values of the society are taken to improve on their behaviors. This is to enable the individuals to stay in harmony with others in the society. With that assumption being made most of the times, researches on the effects of imprisonment on individuals especially the single mothers have established that in the long run, the behavior correction intention turns out to have adverse effects on an individual’s entire wellbeing.
Considering the various experiences that prisoners in this case the single mothers have to undergo are indeed traumatizing, in that they have to keep up with several accounts of social rejection and exclusion from their loved ones like their children, as well as acts of sexual harassment and other physical and emotional forms of violence. On the other hand, the single mother prisoners are tortured by the guilt of failing to meet their responsibilities of sole breadwinners for their families as they are locked behind bars.
The comprehensive set of these encounters cause physical and social pain to the single mother prisoners, rendering prisons more harmful places contrary to what they ought to be, rehabilitation centers. Thus there is need for the society to address this issue as a matter of urgency, considering that the prisoners are still human beings just like other good people. Life of a Single Mother in the Prison System The prison facility or the principle of incarcerating a criminal offender takes a toll on the personality, welfare and life in general of a person whose destiny is expected to change.
This is because beyond the fundamental objective to make an offender realize the implication of the wrongdoing, an imprisoned criminal’s experience within the jail is likely to resort to drawback rather than the eventual achievement of rehabilitation (Gaines et al 2007). The said situation holds true on cases involving women offenders. The reality about the damaging and terrifying events, which were experienced by women criminals when they are subjected to the prison system, is undeniable.
In fact, the alarming escalation of such kind of detrimental process or structure served to hamper rather than carry out the rehabilitation needed by a lawbreaker. For a woman offender, a day in a prison life is synonymous to unending routine activities wherein casual cruelty reigns (Buck 2008). The unfortunate condition of women offenders as they are subjected to the existing prison system is best exemplified with the current state of single mothers, who were meted with prison term.
As married women criminals suffer being locked-up in jail, the agony is doubled on the part of unmarried women criminals, who are previously or bound to be sole guardians of their children. In particular, the life of a single mother in the prison structure has alarmingly gone from bad to worse. This is primarily due to the severity of treatments accorded to these single mothers. While the prison system is a portion of a field which controls women who have committed crimes, it should never functions as an institution which demeans the condition and obstructs the innate rights of women offenders, single mothers in particular.
Additionally, since the philosophy of imprisonment is to denounce the unlawful conducts and the wrongdoings of female criminals, it is logical that they are not subjected to humiliating situations. Double standard sets in if it is not enough that these single mothers bear the pain of being away with their families including their children, hence people and the society allows such kind of undignified treatments (Meiners 2007). Manifestations of the apparent cruelties and eventual destruction done to female offenders are explicitly illustrated with the life stories or accounts of a number of single mothers.
Female criminals are incarcerated for several rational or lawful reasons. Once locked-up, however, it is unfortunate that they suffer unfavorable confinement conditions. Ultimately, the degrading life of single mothers in detention centers signifies the need for structure modification and most importantly, an increased awareness and acknowledgement which, in turn, will pave the way for their liberation from the current state of the prison system (Meiners 2007).