Prisoners with Special Needs

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Prisoners with Special Needs
Roy Briston
CJA/234
February 18, 2014

Prisoners with Special Needs

There are many inmates in prisons that have different special needs. Some of these needs are based on whether the inmates are male or female. Males have some special needs to take care of their selves that females do not and vice versa. Then there are those who suffer from a mental illness. Their special needs are much different than those who have basic needs. People who suffer from substance abuse have needs in the area of addiction. All these different kinds of people with diverse needs effect the jails and prisons in various ways. If people were not cared for properly there would be negative repercussions. There are programs in
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This option not only keeps them in a secure setting, and after they have undergone a successful adjustment to a secure halfway house, they can be moved to a less restrictive setting in the community.
When looking at these two types of offenders with special needs, incarceration would not be the best approach. Incarceration would not provide them with the appropriate services and would not be cost effective. Simply incarcerating them would provide them with a disservice, it would only punish the offenders but not make an attempt to correct or alter the behavior of the individual. Proper steps through counseling, treatment, and diversion programs will provide these offenders with the proper care with more success to reduce recidivism that is cost effective. There are more groups of special needs offenders that reside in our prison and jails systems. They are categorized to include the following groups, mentally disordered offenders, elderly offenders, mentally handicapped, drug abuse or addict offender, and family violence offenders. All offenders who can be categorized into one of these criteria have special needs and require special care while incarcerated in our system. Often times requiring and demanding more from the facility they are incarcerated in which ties up more resources, money, and time. But we must take special care to provide those services to these individuals and provide a
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