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By Mary D. Looman, John D. Carl

The us is the realm chief in incarcerating electorate. 707 humans out of each 100,000 are imprisoned. If these presently incarcerated within the US felony approach have been a rustic, it might be the 102nd such a lot populated kingdom on this planet. apart from the numbers, if lets examine legal from a brand new perspective, as its personal state instead of an establishment made from partitions and wires, rules and tactics, and felony statutes, what could we manage to learn?

In A state known as Prison, Mary Looman and John Carl suggest a paradigm shift within the means that American society perspectives mass incarceration. Weaving jointly sociological and mental ideas, theories of political reform, and real-life tales from reports operating in felony and with at-risk households, Looman and Carl shape a origin of knowing to illustrate that criminal is criminal is greater than an establishment outfitted of of fences and regulations - it's a tradition. legal maintains good after incarceration, as ex-felons depart correctional amenities (and usually go back to impoverished neighborhoods) with out funds or criminal id of yankee citizenship. Trapped within the isolation of poverty, those felony extraterrestrial beings flip to unlawful methods of delivering for themselves and are usually reimprisoned. this case is unsustainable and the US is obviously dealing with an incarceration epidemic that calls for a brand new point of view to get rid of it. A kingdom referred to as Prison bargains concrete, concrete, possible, affordable feedback to reform the felony approach and support prisoners go back to a more fit existence after incarceration.

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They come from dysfunctional families and are sent to prison for minor drug offenses. Then they are released from prison after a few years, only to return a few months or a few years later. This is the cycle of their lives. Men and women, just like James, made us realize that when a person enters prison in the United States they, in effect, cease to be American citizens. Instead, they become citizens of the Country Called Prison. They enter a country with its own culture, language, rules, and regulations that they learn.

Stifling life only creates decay and stagnation. By the end of this book, we hope you will come to understand the reason that affirmative and bountiful change must take place. Regardless of why someone has done what he or she has done, we still must figure out what to do with that person. We hope, in [1 8 ] A Country Called Prison reading this book, you will experience just a little of the wretchedness and desolation so many offenders and their families experience. We hope, then, that you will be inspired to do something, one little thing that could start whittling down the mountain.

As we have already discussed, the Code of Hammurabi was an effort to create a system I n t r oduc t ion to t h e Cou n t r y C a l l e d P r i s on [ 3 ] of equitable justice. Our modern notion that the punishment should fit the crime follows this logic. There needs to be a reasonable consequence for the wrong action. Therefore, at least in the United States, we do not put burglars to death because such a punishment does not seem to fit that crime. Expiation suggests that the criminal has committed a moral wrong.

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