Correctional History Paper
December 13, 2010
Various forms of punishments exercised during the 1700s were mutilation of all or some body parts, whippings, branding, and torture. Some people could be cast out or exiled from their neighborhood or country. The most serious crimes resulted in capital punishment. In addition, forced labor and the equivalent of prostitution was a common kind of punishment enforced on females. “Attitudes toward crime and punishment historically have been informed by prevailing ideas about class, gender, race, and nation” (“Crime and Punishment, Changing Attitude Toward, 2008). Most crimes during these times were non-violent. Activities that would be considered …show more content…
Juvenile corrections facilities resemble female prisons in many ways. Oftentimes, juveniles do respect the system they are into. Many juveniles cite that they receive services and commodities within the system that they cannot regularly attain outside the prison system. Services such as education, therapy, and square meals are factors for reform within the mind of the juvenile.
Today many children within the system do come from downtrodden areas. The juveniles placed into correctional facilities are the necessary means to establish goals and contemplate their futures. Here the lines start to move away from each other when comparing women's corrections to juvenile corrections.
As stated earlier, women do perceive prison as a safer environment than out in society. Juveniles also consider their system safer than their own realms of society. Services between the two systems vary greatly. Juveniles have many services that many women are not able to receive no matter how severe their crimes. Hearings are held to re-evaluate the structure of the women's correctional system.
Men, women, and juvenile correctional facilities do share many of the same traits. Each system is to rehabilitate and reform convicts to reintegrate back into society after their sentences end. These systems work to varying degrees. Oftentimes,