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Do our prisons work?

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Do our Prisons work? Some people have to be put in prison. This assignment looks at why and then whether prison works as an answer to all serious crime committed by adults. Is prison there simply to punish people or to make them better people, to deter them from committing more crime or just to make society feel safer? People have to be put in prison as a result of the crimes people have committed. Some crimes more serious then others so are treated differently. The more serious a crime, generally the higher prison category and prison sentence they serve. As a result of going to prison I believe that a lot of inmates return to society and re-offend again due to many reasons. ...read more.

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In juvenile prisons, like Feltham the re-offending rate is up to 80% where are another juvenile prison which has a nick name called "Boot camp", this has American characteristics that disciplines and educated inmates and the re-offending rate is less then half that of Feltham. Prisons "may well be an obstacle to the fight against crime", (Adam Sampson) in my opinion, prisons, harbour, brew and make criminals stronger and angered thus they become more of a danger to the public when released. With conditions as bad as for instance, 40 inmates at GlenParva in Leicester trying to commit suicide, no wonder the re-offending rates are so high. ...read more.

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In a sense society does feel reassured by the comforting knowledge that all bad people go to prison. But in reality, I feel that it is more worrying to send people to the current prison set up as they come out worse. Statistically I cannot condemn the prisons entirely as 20% or more do not re-offend after being released, but what about the other 80% which need to be addressed. This leaves a looming question, is prisons there just to punish people for the crimes they have committed or there to reform them? Personally I feel, that ideally it should be there to reform, but currently it is there just to punish. ...read more.

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