SOC 3740 Corrections and Penology:
Sept 9, 2013 Week 1 Lecture 1
The history of punishment
What are we trying to accomplish when we punish?
Can we punish and rehabilitate at the same time?
Experiences on the inside
What are the “pains of imprisonment?”
How are the practices of punishment gendered/racialized?
Why is it important to protect prisoners’ rights?
Life after prison
Very important to think about what it is like after you leave prison
Likelihood of success of maintaining a non-criminal life
What are the major barriers to reintegration?
How does risk management shape the parole process?
Are there good alternatives to incarceration?
“Why the public should care about prisons”
(Toronto Star, June 2013)
The care of the prisoners is paid for by taxpayers so we should care about
where are money is going
We should focus on their care and well being because if they are treated
badly then its just going to cause a problem when they get out of jail
Just the fact that they still have rights as a person
Lives of the correctional officers are impacted if its an unhealthy
environment to work in, can effect everyone
Problem of misuse of force by guards
Why study corrections & punishment?
Enormous amount of tax dollars are paid on prisons so we should know
exactly what goes on
Public and elected officials are interested
A lot is hidden about what happens in prisons and controlled
The number of clients processed and managed by the system is increasing
The availability of jobs in the criminal justice system is increasing so we
should know what is going on
Almost all individuals who are incarcerated are eventually released into the
community so we want to make sure that we are not putting people in an
environment that is actually going to make them more likely to re-commit
Punishments role in our modern society is not obvious or well known, it is
problematic and poorly understood aspect of social life. Its ambiguous.
We need to know what punishment is in order to think about what it can and
should be Corrections in the news...
“Corrections Canada changes rules for medical emergencies after inmate
death” (April 2013)
“Corrections Canada seeks a single provider for prison chaplaincy services”
“Ashley Smith inquest: Did difficult inmate belong in jail of a psychiatric
facility?” (March 2013)
“Canadian prisons ‘out of step’ on solitary confinement” (March 2013)
“Canada failing Aboriginal inmates” (March 2013)
“Number of prisoners who sel