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April 26, 2014

Interesting articles about history and modern prison realities in United States

I just came across a set of interesting papers just made available on SSRN authored by criminologist Jeffrey Ian Ross examining the history and some modern realities about prisons in the United States. Here are links to these pieces via their titles:

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PRISONS, IN THE 21 FIRST CENTURY

WHY DO PEOPLE NAIVELY, BELIEVE THAT INCARCERATION INEVITABLY LEADS TO REHABILITATION? WHEN THE PUBLIC IS UNAWARE OF WHAT TRULY GOES ON BEHIND PRISON WALLS IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE LULLED INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, WHEN IN FACT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS FAILING TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS IN REHABILITATING OR RE-SOCIALIZING PRISONERS, TO KEEP SOCIETY AND PRISON WORKERS SAFE.
WHEN THE MEDIA REPORTS THAT CRIME RATES ARE DECLINING IN A CITY OR TOWN, SOMEONE IS NOT LOOKING AT THE FULL PICTURE OF WHY REPEAT FELONS AND ILLEGAL IMMAGRANTS CONTINUE TO COMMIT MOST OF THE CRIMES IN THE UNITED STATES.
PECCHIO, NOT ONLY EMPHASIZES HIS POINTS WITH MANY VIVID EXAMPLES FROM YEARS OF WORKING WITH CRIMINALS IN A DANGEROUS PRISON SYSTEM.
LAWMAKERS HAVE NO SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO UNDO CRIMINALS FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS AND PRISONER'S RIGHTS, THAT ARE NOW TAKING PRECEDENCE OVER ALL ELSE. ANYONE, POLITICAL OR NOT, WHO IS WORKING IN A MODERN PRISON SYSTEM TODAY, WILL TELL YOU, THEY ARE SO CONTAMINATED WITH FLAWS, EMBEDDED WITH UNTHINKING, UNKNOWING OR CORRUPTED PRISON OFFICIALS AND POLITICAL BUREAUCRATS, WHO KNOW THAT PRISON REFORM HAS BECOME JUST A WORD TO KEEP TAXPAYERS’ MONEY FLOWING INTO THESE INSTITUTIONS.
PECCHIO OFFERS UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE INNER-WORKINGS OF AMERICA’S PRISONS. IN ADDITION, HE GIVES READERS A DEFINITIVE LOOK INTO THE CAUSES BEHIND THEIR MAJOR PROBLEMS, CREATED BY LAWMAKERS AND PRISON OFFICIALS. HE BOLDLY REVEALS HOW FEDERAL AND STATE PRISONS HAVE DETERIORATED TO THEIR WORST CONDITION IN THE HISTORY OF THESE INSTITUTIONS. THEY HAVE CHANGED FROM OPERATING WITH DIGNITY AND STRONG SECURITY INTO A HELLISH NIGHTMARE WHERE CORRUPTION IS THE NORM.
WITH THE LOSS OF POSITIVE LEADERSHIP IN PRISONS CAME THE INCREASE OF PRISONER’S POWER, PRIMARILY CAUSED BY THEIR ABILITY TO HIDE BEHIND HIGHLY-DEFENDED CIVIL RIGHTS, WHICH AGAIN I SAY, “TOOK PRECEDENCE ABOVE ALL ELSE.” THESE RIGHTS ALLOWED THEM TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF STRONG RETRIBUTION FOR THEIR ACTIONS, THEREBY LEADING TO A BREAKDOWN IN INMATE BEHAVIOR AND RESULTING IN GANG WARS, RIOTS, FIGHTS, AND PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ABUSE OF PRISON WORKERS
MY WEBSITE, www.johnpecchio.com DISPLAYS A VIDEO, MY WRITTEN BOOKS, AMAZON AND KINDLES, TO EXPLORE PRISON LIFE AT ITS WORST IN THE HISTORY OF THESE INSTITUTIONS.
God bless America.
Sincerely John J. Pecchio Author

Posted by: John J. Pecchio | Apr 28, 2014 7:36:33 AM

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