Prisons: Challenges and Issues

Criminals are incarcerated because they have been judged guilty of a crime that the system has deemed serious enough to warrant the removal of the guilty party from society. While the potential physical dangers of violent prisoners are obvious concerns, the risks and challenges that the corrections branch of the criminal justice system faces vary. Social issues and systemic issues on a broader scale impact prison microcosms. While preparing for this week, think about how each issue could impact the corrections system as a whole.

Paying particular attention to challenges and issues related to prisons and jails. Select at least three challenges and/or issues to use for this Discussion. Think about how they might play out in and impact the future of prisons. Do not include challenges and issues related to diversity or ethics, as you will address those in the Application Assignment.

Submit 150 – 500 word response: Due by Thursday 10/01/15 an explanation of three challenges facing prisons today and how they might impact prisons in the future. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your points. Finally, post your thoughts on whether prisons should be privately-run or state-run institutions and why. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your points.

Support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources. You are allowed to draw from additional sources to support your explanation, but you must cite using APA standards. All quoted material must be identified, cited, and referenced per APA standards.