Rehabilitation Of Prison : Is It Possible Or A Lost Cause?

2057 Words May 8th, 2016 9 Pages
Rehabilitation in prison: Is it possible or a lost cause?

When people think about the men and women that occupy our prison system, I’m sure one of the first things that come to their mind isn’t “rehabilitation” and the different programs that could be implemented in order to get these crooks mentally healthy and ready to be released back into society. What does come to one’s mind more often than not, are the negative behaviors that got these men and women into the prison system in the first place, the punishment that will be laid out for them, the long hours that are going to be spent thinking about what they have done to not only their life, but the lives of the individuals targeted and their families. It is easy to forget that these people are human and have the same character defects that most of us “normal” folk have, but fail to realize that some people never really had a chance at a normal life from the very start. In Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption there was a lack of rehabilitation in the prison and if anything, the prison promoted and displayed the very same behaviors that got these men into prison in the first place. This is a huge problem that we have, not only in U.S. prisons but in prisons all over the world. Exploitation runs rampant in prison and statistics show that people usually end up going back into prison after a certain amount of time. The general idea of prison is that the inmate will learn his/her lesson through limited exposure to…
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