Correctional Social Work with Male Prisoners

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The marginalized population that will be discussed within this research paper will be male prisoners found within the United States correctional facilities. In Prince and Coleman journal article, “Narrative of Neglect: Texas Prisons for Men” (2011), the authors make it obvious that all male individuals found in prisons, regardless of race, are subjected to harsh conditions that include both neglect and abuse, as well as a number of other circumstances. They do this by giving the reader a detailed history of Texas’s state penitentiary system. Prince and Coleman’s article (2011) explores the continuing pattern of neglect and abuse found in these prisons starting with 2011 when the article was published, and going back 183 years to the 1800s. …show more content…
Between this time in the 1800’s and when Price and Coleman published their journal article in 2011, few reforms initiated by the government in Texas were put into action. The only attempts to make prison systems better in Texas were initiated by churches and other charitable organizations, investigations conducted by the media into Texas prisons, and prisoners who are suing Texas for mistreatment (Price & Coleman, 2011). When Price and Coleman’s (2011) journal was published, Texas was known for and continues to be known for their abusive and neglectful prison systems, and still continues to be. Davis describes abusive conditions found within one Texas prison in 1997, in her article “Prison Masculinities: Race, Gender, and Prison History from the Convict Lease System to the Supermax Prison” (1997). A video tape from inside Brazoria Detention Center in Texas, made its way to major media outlets. In the video, guards had police dog’s attack and bite the prisoners without motive. The guards would force prisoners to crawl on the ground and would hit them with cattle prods if they did not declare their love for Texas. The guards in the video were seen beating the prisoners, even kicking them in their private areas (Davis, 1997). This is the systematic abuse and mistreatment of a marginalized population that unless the media somehow picks up on it, lacks a voice. The…