Issues in Corrections Term Paper by Nicky

Issues in Corrections
This essay explores issues in justice system corrections and proposes several solutions to the current problems.
# 128935 | 2,163 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 18, 2010 in Law (Criminal) , Law (Administrative) , Political Science (General)

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This essay discusses issues related to developmental changes in justice system corrections that occurred as a result of frequent "wars on crime" as a political rather than logical theme of change. The essay describes the history of punishment within the justice system and then examines the justice system through the eyes of the media. It finds that the recent shift towards sensationalism in the justice system have actually created more problems instead of fixing criminal justice woes such as leading to more overpopulation in prisons and the continued disparity in correctional institutions with regard to race. The essay ends with an overview of possible solutions that have been suggested by Tonry in "Malign Neglect."

From the Paper:

"According to Krajicek an expert on crime and crime policy the sensationalism of the late 1980 and early 1990s created a situation of change in crime policy that coincided with an actual decline in crime statistics, that was hidden by a politically driven few who with misguided intentions actually created a tough on crime attitude that seriously undermines the social health and wellness of the nation. Judicial policies which include minimum mandatory sentencing and policies such as three strikes (in California) misdirected goals that unfairly and unrealistically target minorities and laws that have created a need to expand prisons and jails beyond need and ability to do so are seriously problematic and are in part associated with media sensationalism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bienen, L. B. (1996). The Proportionality Review of Capital Cases by State High Courts after Gregg: Only "The Appearance of Justice.". Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 87(1), 130-314.
  • Krajicek, D. J. (1998) Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities. New York: Columbia University Press,.
  • Mauer, M. (1999) Race to Incarcerate New York: New Press.
  • Mccormick, P. T. (2000). Just Punishment and America's Prison Experiment. Theological Studies, 61(3), 508.
  • (1996) The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission, ed. Steven Donziger. New York: HarperCollins.

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