Present Day Challenges of Corrections

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Present Day Challenges Of Corrections

In Today’s world of corrections there is a lot of talk about the effort, time and money that is put into parole. There are many that believe it is just a waste of our tax money and at the same time others truly believe that there are positive and life changing results.
The topic of “should parole be abolished” often comes up in our criminal justice classes; this question is usually followed by good debate of pros and cons. Some of the pros start off with the simple fact that it is cheaper to supervise a prisoner. It is known that the cost to have someone on parole is roughly between $7,000 and $15,000 per year and to hold someone in a cell is roughly $47,000 a year. Another important factor about Parole is that it helps control the institutional housing. Today there is just a little over 2.3 million people behind bars. The State of California has 33 prisons that should house 84,000 inmates but is currently holding more than 150,000. In 2009 a three-judge panel ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by a third with a deadline of 2012.
Those that are for parole believe that everyone makes mistakes and should have another opportunity at life. Putting a prisoner on parole gives them the opportunity to feel like a human again and at the same time help contribute to society. A society that only the supervision of parole can guide them back into. Parole is probably the only method that a prisoner has to truly rehabilitate. Parole is used as a reward for behaving or showing significant interest in changing lifestyles and going down a positive road.
Present Day Challenges Of Corrections

On the other hand the public wants to know that when the judge says 10 years it is going to be 10 years, especially for dangerous criminals such as killers, rapist and violent offenders. It would be a great feeling…...

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