Corrections Case Study

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The history of correctional institutions is well documented. Correctional institutions (jails and prisons) house individuals who are awaiting trial and serving both short- and long-term sentences. Correctional officers are responsible for the monitoring, treatment, and supervision of individuals who have been found guilty by a court of law.

For this assignment, we will take you inside a look at the "Most Violent Prison 2016 - Part 1 - Maximum Security" (video source:

  1. Describe the main methods Sergeant Baldwin and his staff use to maintain order and safety in the prison. Take a position on the effectiveness, risks, pros and cons, and ethics of these methods.
  2. Choose one (1) of the inmates profiled in this video--Terry Dibble, Simkayta Winfield, Jerico Jones, or Gregory Crowder--and discuss their situation. Explain how they ended up at Statefield, the main issues they described facing, and the methods they use to cope with their time in prison.
  3. Discuss the effect you feel the presence of the active armed guards has on the violence level and overall safety within this prison.
  4. Describe the issue of isolation in Statesville presented in this video and the effects connections and contact with outside visitors can have on the prisoners' mental status.
  5. Identify at least two (2) issues that gay inmates here uniquely face. Identify at least one (1) method of protecting gay inmates against each of these identified issues.
  6. Take a position on how you believe conditions at Statefield could be improved. Include at least two (2) specific actions that could be taken to improve conditions (e.g., security and safety, abuse and use of force, isolation, poor food quality, etc.). Provide a rationale for your position.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Summarize the current ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals and the future of the criminal justice system.
  • Outline the major characteristics and purposes of prisons, including prisoners' rights and prison society.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using this rubric.

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Methods Used To Maintain Order and Safety in the Prison
One of the methods that Sergeant Baldwin and his staff use to maintain order and safety at the
prison is by keeping the prison locked down much of the time, meaning that the prisoners are
always locked up in their cells 24 hours a day for days at a time. This method, according to
Baldwin, has an advantage of ensuring that the prisoners are given time to calm down all the
frustrations and rage to rethink all their violent behavior. However, the disadvantage of keeping
them locked up for long makes their frustrations to build up, and they might act aggressively or
edgy when they are finally let out of the cells. It is an effective method of preventing violence and
disorder, although it might come across as being a bit unethical.
Another method is to release at most 20 inmates at a time to the roundhouse exercise yard to control
the potential for violence. On the towers, the officers in charge wait with weapons for the first sign
of violence. They often fire warning shots or fire at close proximity to the violent inmates to try
and break a fight. The perpetrators are then thrown into a holding cell. This is effective, and neither
the inmates nor officers' lives are put in danger. It also ensures that violent inmates learn a lesson
not to be aggressive towards other inmates or...

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