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Black And White, Incarceration, Discrimination

This 8 page paper argues that racism and discrimination that is imbedded in the social reality is reflected in the statistics of prison populations where blacks and other minorities are found in disproportionate numbers. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

The Problems Minorities Encounter When They are Released from Incarceration

A 4 page overview of the problems encountered by minorities that are released from incarceration. The author provides statistics on the number of individuals in incarceration verses the number that are released onto the streets. Those that are minorities often have problems finding housing and jobs and, in general, encounter considerable difficulty in staying out of prison. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Prison-Industrial Complex and Its Effects

This 4 page paper discusses the logistics behind use of private prisons and what this entails for the states that employ them as well as their effect on minority young people. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Prison-Industrial Complex and Its Effects

This 4 page paper discusses the logistics behind use of private prisons and what this entails for the states that employ them as well as their effect on minority young people. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Violence In Prisons

A 3 page paper. Prison riots and violence in prisons are nothing new. The first recorded prison riot in America took place before the Declaration of Independence was signed. This essay goes on to reports some of the major riots, perspectives regarding causes, and how one state is reducing gang violence in prisons. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Internal And External Stakeholders Prisons

A 3 page paper. Over the last few decades a Prison-Industrial Complex has been developed that is comprised of numerous special interest groups and individuals who want to build more prisons. Overcrowded prisons lead to more violence. The essay discusses internal and external stakeholders. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Reducing Prison Violence Coordinated Paper

A 10 page paper that brings together the information from five other papers into a cohesive essay. The paper discusses the history and major prison riots, causes, challenges guards face preventing contraband, strategies and technologies some prisons are using to reduce violence, and a recommended plan for reducing violence in prisons. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Variations in Prison Systems

This 5 page paper compares the prison system models and how they have changed over time. The federal prison system is contrasted with state prison systems. Five state prison models are described along with commonalities and variations. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Searches of Inmates, Visitors and Cells in Canadian Federal Penitentiaries

A 7 page companion to a 22-slide PowerPoint presentation and separate Appendix file containing data tables and prison images. The project examines the practice of searching inmates, cells and visitors for the purpose of controlling drugs and other items of contraband. People have been quite creative in their efforts to get drugs inside prisons; a Canadian prison warden states that intercepting drugs and items that can be made into weapons is the greatest security problem in the Canadian prison system. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

Overcrowding in German Prisons

A 5 page research paper that examines this topic. Not since the introduction of the German Prison Act, which occurred 25 years ago, has the German public been so skeptical concerning the rehabilitation of offenders into society ("Where is"). This problem is compounded by serious overcrowding in German prisons, which tends to create situations that exacerbate, rather then rehabilitate, the prison populations. This discussion looks at the problem of overcrowding in Germany prisons and the solutions that have been proposed thus far. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Women in Prison: Marlene Moore

An 11 page paper using the case of Marlene Moore to discuss some of the current issues of women in prison. Marlene died at 31, having spent more than half her life in prison and apparently without anyone looking to her background for clues to the behavior she exhibited either within or outside of prison. The paper discusses some of the problems unique to women in prison, and how they frequently do not receive the treatment that could serve them – and society – better than can incarceration. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Racial Profiling: Fact or Fallacy?

A 4 page overview of the common misperception that racial profiling accounts for the disproportionate representation that some minorities have in our criminal justice system. Noting that this fallacy is often stretched to imply concern over implications in the post-September 11 environment, the author emphasizes that the fact is that a particular culture’s propensity for crime, not their race is what lands them in our nation’s prisons. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Media, and Capital Punishment Debates: The Long Term Implications of Policy Positions

This 5 page paper considers the basic value assumptions and long-term implications of policy positions, including those related to prison population inequities, police brutality, violence in the media and capital punishment. Specifically, this paper considers the impact on law enforcement and the relationship to minorities. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The Importance of Prison Reform

This 5 page paper begins with the notion that the average person should care about prison conditions, but most do not give it a second thought. The politics of prisons are highlighted in this paper that takes a look at the importance of prison reform. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

First American Prisons

In 8 pages, the author discusses the first American prisons. With all of the prison overcrowding today, one does not normally stop to think of the first prisons in America. Those prisons were quite different from the ones today. Whether they were called jails, prisons, or penitentiaries, these facilities were public institutions in which those who committed offenses considered against the law are confined for detention or punishment. Both state and federal detainment facilities fall under this category. The prisons of old had a different look than the modern prisons. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

In a paper of four pages, the author writes about this particular prison policy and how it has impacted the prison system since it was enacted. The author of this paper discusses aspects if this policy in a paper and a literature review. There are five sources cited in this paper.

Prison Reform

In 6 pages, the author discusses prison reform. Prisons are not doing their job. Prisons are constantly being built and they are filled to capacity. Prisons simply do not eliminate crime and criminal behavior. In fact, in many instances recidivism is quite high. Prisons are costly. They cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. Prison reform has not helped. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Minority Leadership in Corporate America

a 12 page research paper that attempts to evaluate where minority leadership in corporate America stands today. The writer points out that there are two basic slants on minority leadership in corporate America being espoused in the media today. The first point of view is that corporate America is seeking to diversify its work force at an exponential rate as it has been realized that diversity is a key element to successful globalization, and that minorities are entering management in record numbers. The second point of view, one that is predominant in African-American publications, is that twenty plus years of affirmative action have seen very little real gain in the percentages of minorities that are in the upper echelons of corporate management. Both views are well argued in the media--which is correct? Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Violence In Prisons

A 9 page paper that discusses violence in prison. Specific subheadings include: a brief history of violence in the U.S.; violence in prisons; evaluation of programs instituted in prisons to reduce violence, and recommendations. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Problems Faced by Women in Prison

This 9 page paper reviews two articles regarding problems that women in prison face. One article focuses on the dilemma of maternal incarceration and how it affects children and the other looks at the inadequate state of health care in prisons. The latter piece focuses on a women's prison. The articles are each critically evaluated and compared. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The 1993 Prison Riot in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

In 6 pages, the author discusses the 1993 prison riot that occurred in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF). A fateful Easter Sunday in April of 1993 was the day a bloody and deadly prison riot began in Lucasville, Ohio. The final straw that broke the proverbial camels back was when Muslims refused to get TB shots, citing that it was against their religious beliefs, although there had been many problems brewing in the prison for quite some time. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


This paper examines the history of both prisons and prison reform in the United States. The paper also discusses the effectiveness of incarceration as a tool for detering criminals, and examines what critics have said about prisons through the ages. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Different Views Of Prison - Should They Be Closed

A 10 page paper that discuses the several authors and their views on the American prison system. The authors cited are: Angela Davis, Marc Mauer, Tara Herivel and Paul Wright and Michael Foucault. The four most recent authors believe prisons, and, in fact, the justice system needs drastic reforms. Their thoughts are explained. Foucault's ideas of control and specifically the idea of the Panopticon for a prison is explained. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

HIV in the California Prison System

This 10 page paper discusses HIV in the California prison system. It discusses the health of the prison population as compared to the general public, and the bill that was introduced to allow condom distribution in prison. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Why the Prison System Continues to Exist: A Marxist Perspective

This 10 page paper examines the prison system through Marxist theory. It is suggested that the prison system exists for the benefit of the larger society under capitalism. The prison system is depicted as being class and race based. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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