CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN THE USA

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    What exactly would “prison” do to an innocent man? Correctional facility is a name given to a facility in which any person who falls under the category of “criminal offender” is thrown into amongst others label...

 

 

What exactly would “prison” do to an innocent man? Correctional facility is a name given to a facility in which any person who falls under the category of “criminal offender” is thrown into amongst others labeled as such. However the severity of the crime matches the offenders conduct and there is no enforced rule whereby a violent criminal should be separated from a person who has committed a non violent crime and is by nature, not violent. These facilities are breeding grounds for the bacteria that is behaviour and many men fall victim to the influence of the inmates they are exposed to on a daily basis. 

 

This becomes their view of life, prison is their world and thus they acclimate to their surroundings. Not only through the unconscious mind but by the desire to ensure their safety and not appear weak or a target to those who display violent and harmful outbursts. It is hard to say what these “correctional facilities” actually correct. In simple terms, they are a box where a man who is innocent could be prone to assimilating by adopting behavioural patterns that lead to criminal behaviour.  The definition of the word “correct” is to ameliorate or to repair damage, therefore, detention centre, prison or penitentiary are less misleading.

 

The abuse of power amongst the officials within the criminal justice system has spiralled out of control and if it weren't for Projects that fight to reopen unjust cases using DNA evidence. Innocent men all over the world would have died. Cases that are reopened are ones wherein the defendant had his due process of law violated (for example), and the evidence to prove his innocence carries unarguable weight and truth. 

 

Anyone who decides to study the law and defend or prosecute, should prepare an impeccable testimony and present completely non suspect evidence. An outside party, preferably a psychologist with no bias should psychoanalyse each statement and the behaviour of the members of the case to ensure no corruption is apparent. The effort put in to pre trial research should be immeasurable and should leave no stone unturned. Perhaps if attorneys would put more muscle into their work, the lives of those they claim to defend, would not end up loosing years of their life. Let us hope that advances in science coupled with persons of integrity continue to fight for those without a voice.

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