Prisons Vs Today Research Paper

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Prisons have not always been used the way we use them today. On the contrary, the punishment for a criminal were public events. The punisher would be put to shame in front of others. For instance, the punisher would be lace on a ducking stool, pillory, or whipped. If the offense was beyond the communities’ forgiveness then the punishment would be death. Unlike today, prisons tended to be a place to hold people before their trial or their awaiting punishment. According to Ferguson, in his book Inferno he states that “no matter what the crime and no matter how deserved the sentence, prison means oppression to those confined within its walls” (Ferguson 164). Prisons today are used to punish the criminal and sometimes they are kept in prison
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