Sociology Study Set 6

Sociology

Quiz 7 :
Deviance and Crime

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Quiz 7 :
Deviance and Crime

The researchers R and L have studied about the US prisons in relation to two perspectives i.e. what exactly goes in and prison and what are the perceptions or opinions on such prisons of people living in the society. It is evident from the research that the prisons were designed in such a manner that they are providing potential support to crime by gathering wide pool of criminals at one place, rather than acting as an rehabilitate centers in educating the prisoners the essence of living a fair life through the means of some skillful work. The perceptions involves that the rapid raise of crime rates and criminals are the outcome of inequalities prevailing in the society. The poverty is the driving factor that provokes the individuals to turn into criminals to meet their basic necessities. Rather even in prisons, they were not taught any skillful activity that might be useful for their source of livelihood in future post to the prisoner's period. In my opinion, the construction of the US prisons is not appropriate as on the following reasons: • The decision to label all the prisoners with the tag of 'Criminals' irrespective of the intensity of the crime might discourage one's will to change and sustain in the society • The judiciary bodies were and are always the apex authorities in making verdicts on the crime and criminals but, providing unconditional powers might lead to discretion of the decision varying from individual to individual • The treatment of the prisoners in a painful and inconsiderable manner would further influence them to more rely on the crimes for the purpose of survival, as they feel suppressed and dejected with the sign unacceptability from the society • The time period spent by the individuals in the prison for being accused in some crime is highly crucial in molding their attitudes and behaviors towards way of living and society • Labeling an prisoner as criminal in the long run for their past actions was unethical since, it might create an impact as 'crime committed once or multiple times is the same' and hence, they tend to continue crime The access to the prison or the criminals is not an easy task. It involves legal systems and permissions from wide range of the concerned authorities. However, the articles would be the potential source to learn about the prisoners and their perception through real time interviews.

The researchers R and L have studied about the US prisons in relation to two perspectives i.e. what exactly goes in and prison and what are the perceptions or opinions on such prisons of people living in the society. It is evident from the research that the prisons were designed in such a manner that they are providing potential support to crime by gathering wide pool of criminals at one place, rather than acting as an rehabilitate centers in educating the prisoners the essence of living a fair life through the means of some skillful work. The perceptions involves that the rapid raise of crime rates and criminals are the outcome of inequalities prevailing in the society. The poverty is the driving factor that provokes the individuals to turn into criminals to meet their basic necessities. Rather even in prisons, they were not taught any skillful activity that might be useful for their source of livelihood in future post to the prisoner's period. In the coming years, the vision for the US prison system would be as follows: • The system has to be redesigned in such a way that the prisoners should be undergoing a phase of change during their punishment period and turn into responsible self-sustained ethical citizens • The perception towards the prisoners need to be changed into the society realizing and accepting them that they are also normal individuals like everyone living in the society but due to virtue of few circumstances, they did commit the crime • The skill based occupational trainings has to be introduced into the systems in order to reduce the crime rate and at the same time providing productive resources to the society also by means of creating a source of livelihood • The government and the concerned authorities need to take special concerns in realizing the hidden prospective resources into a productive workplace and society • The initiations need to be taken up in motivating and encouraging the prisoners to join the society, as every individual and contribute for the productive results Thus, the vision of the US prison system would be sustainable with the above changes brought into execution for the well-being of the prisoners as individuals and for society as a whole.