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CJS Week 8 Checkpoint 1

CJS Week 8 Checkpoint 1

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Week 8
CheckPoint:
Violent Behavior Response
Submitted by Travis Hance
 
Write
a 200- to 300-word response in which you describe some of thereasons for violent behavior in prisons. Include the following components:
1) Violent behavior among prisoners
 
Violence within the prison population is often the result of both racial, gang,and local social interactive problems. Inmates attempting to establish achain of authority can often use violence as a means to bring both new andestablished inmates into line. There is a subculture within prison societiesthat expect inmates to be tough, which is bolstered by the concept thatdisplaying strength is the only way to survive. There are a number of methods to deal with such violence from a law enforcement standpoint. Oneof the more effective systems has been AIMS. AIMS stands for AdultInternal Management System, and is designed to categorize inmates basedon their personality and sentence. By examining terms of sentencing,personality type, how well the inmate follows staff directions, and howaggressive they are towards others.
 
2) Violent behavior between inmates and staff
One method of reducing problems with interaction between inmates andstaff is the direct supervision concept. This method of imprisonmentremoves many of the traditional barriers that are associated withconfinement. By promoting interpersonal relationships between inmates andprison staff, it has been shown to directly reduce violent incidents, as well aspromoting a more general feeling of wellbeing.
 
3) Strategies for responding to violent behavior
 
Some prison strategies that have been developed for dealing with violencehave included seclusion and segregation. The idea of separating inmateswho could potentially cause problems is a method of direct action that canbe extremely effective. The drawback is the considerable amount of manpower and time that such methods incur. As previously mentioned,direct supervision facilities have also proven to reduce violent behavior.Finally, many prison officials work to improve the internal conditions for theinmates by providing educational programs, fitness facilities, and more.
4) How violent behavior affects incarceration length
Violent behavior is shown to be an extremely effective motivator.Unfortunately, the length of the sentence has been shown through numerous

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