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Prison Life

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Imani Quinn

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Prison Life

Reporter's Corner: The Visitor Area Section 4B Case 011613:
Today's case is on "THE PRISON LIFE". Inside this very prison, there is a 14 year old boy, Steve Harmon, who is on trial for murder. If he is placed guilty, he could be in prison for up to 25 years. The Prison Life My Name is Imani Quinn and I am a reporter on "Life in Prison". Here to talk to you more about the Steve Harmon Case, but mainly more about the prison system he had to experience. I'll be your tour guide through this creepy prison giving you facts and tips about prison. "What is a Prison?"

- A Prison is a building in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while waiting for trial. A prison system is the organizational arrangement of the provision and operation of prisons. (1) Footnotes:
(1) Has its meaning reported by "The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research"

(2) America's Leader in Partnership Corrections

(3)The Official Website for the Utah Department of Corrections In Court, you (Criminal suspect) who has been charged with or is likely to be charged with criminal offense may be held on remand in prison if he/she is denied or unable to meet conditions of bail, or is unable or unwilling to post bail. You can also be waiting for your trial or next trial. If found guilty, a defendant will be convicted and may receive a jail sentence requiring for you to be sent to prison. (1) (imprisonment). 5 Facts about Prison

1. Prisons are normally surrounded by fencing, walls, earthworks, geographical features, or other barriers to prevent escape.(1)

2. Prison is a building for a punishment.

3. Prison more effective and more hardcore.

4. You can be in for life.

5. If the government have enough evidence and have it approved, a prisoner will be sentenced to be on "Death Row" until their execution date. Who Own Prisons? There is a company called "Corrections Corporation of America." Corrections Corporation of America is a company that owns and manages prisons and detention centers and operates others on a concession basis.(2) How much does it cost to maintain a prisoner? To maintain a prisoner, there are 2 different prices. For an average per day it cost $55.09. Per year is cost $20,108 to keep an inmate in prison. (2) Who pays the cost and who receives the money from prison? Federal prisons are paid by federal taxes
The IRS receives the money. The state, city or county prisons are paid for by those local taxes.(3) What is the role of prison in the United States? The main reason why we have prisons is because its where people is being punishment or both for the commission of felony and other offenses. What are some alternatives to prison? Some alternatives to prisons are:

1. They give courts more sentencing options

2. They save taxpayers money

3.They strengthen families and communities

4.They protect the public by reducing crime.

5.The public supports alternatives to incarceration 1. Budget cuts
- Prison budgets are being cut, and some correctional facilities must shut down as a result. Are their any major problems plaguing prisons? There are 5 major problems: 2. Overcrowding
- Another Word for bigger population 3. More prisoners with mental-health issues
- Judges are sentencing criminals with mental health issues to prisons because there is no room for them in mental health institutions. Also cause low funding. 4. Lack of innovation
- Because of the problems continue to change and grow, the corrections industry must attract people with new ideas to deal with the new problems 5. Limited collaboration What are some ways the system can be changed? What happen if you we don't pay for the prison fee? If we did not pay enough taxes, sentences for criminals would have to be reduced, or others let out early. This will happen because it would not be enough money to pay for the space to keep the ones who are guilty in jail. (3) How can you be sent to prison? 1. Find a focus
2. Embrace the status quo
4. Appeal to the "better angels" of those in power
5. Get an approval
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