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Lecture 12

CRJU 20423 Lecture 12: Prison

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Criminal Justice
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CRJU 20423

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Prison Subculture Bohm Walker Myth = prisons are like country clubs o Watch TV, exercise, lift weights, niceprepared food, amazing medical care, cells are super spacious Assumptions: o Being sentenced and serving time is not enough punishment for deterrence to occur (believe that they should suffer) o Outstanding budgets is because of the amenities and money that we are putting in for services and programs for the inmates Public has no clue how a prison works, how violent some of these individuals are, and have no idea how a correctional budget works Kernel of Truth o Urban development spread houses became closer to prions, see the landscape and flowers, and trimmed grass (inmates are doing the labor) o Economical designsunused facilities have to use old state hospitals, hotel, military facilities (amenities used to be there; way too much to remove tennis courts, pools, etc. people think inmates are using them) o MoviesTV Shows give the idea that inmates are free to walk around prison, work out, have movie nights, see visitors whenever they want further emphasizes the myth o Private prisons = more amenities; run by corporations; money spent CountryClub Look: o Landscape comes from work inmates do Costs: o Texas prison budget = over 3 billion o Outside of TX prisons budget = 1 million total (including pensions, retiree health care, statewide administration costs, inmate health care, inmate educationtraining, and other state costs = total taxpayers cost for one year = 3,306,358 o 254 inmates on death row = 584 million Recreation and Leisure: o Any type of recreation or leisure activity (sports, movies, music, crafts) have to follow protocol under federal guidelines o Amenities are funded by the inmate working in the prison (no taxpayers or state funds go to amenities) families can put money in o Sports = basketball (not every prison has this) o Not enough work programs and difficult to maintain accounting systems = earning money is difficult to get and maintain Personal Amenities: o No TVs in every cell; no get together viewings o They are black and white keep inmates under control like a babysitter Inmates Privileges: o 1996 = No Frills Prison Act = created a list of items that are not allowed to be in inmates cells (no coffee pots, hotplates, no unmonitored phone calls)
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