The Difference Between Male And Female Penal Institutions

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Global Issues: The difference between male and female penal institutions
Review of Subject
Prison classification is an important process in the U.S. correctional system and community corrections. Every state utilizes different types of classification instruments or methods to classify their inmates. Penal institutions in the U.S. have evolved tremendously in terms of procedures, decisions and classification. Studies from Clear et al. (2013) indicate that offenders in the United States, which consisted of men, women, and children, were all confined together in the same prison in the early 1800’s (p. 296). In our current era, correctional facilities for men and women, now have rehabilitative programs and modern identification systems that have the capability to measure “static risk factors such as criminal history or severity of current crime” (Christensen, 2008, p. 18). Modern correctional facilities do not mix the entire population of men, women, and children offenders in the same jail or prison, but rather, in separate correctional facilities with different levels of security and monitoring. This case study will briefly explore prison classifications between men and women in the U. S. correctional system. We will also examine why women prisoners are called the “forgotten offenders.”
Discussion
According to Clear et al. (2013), “State prisons for men are usually classified by using three security classifications-maximum, medium, and minimum” (p. 264). Similar studies from…
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