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The Correctional Industry: The purpose of the Irish Prison System and the provision of Education within it

Coleman, Alyna (2003) The Correctional Industry: The purpose of the Irish Prison System and the provision of Education within it. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

In asking the question, what is the true purpose and function of the "correctional industry" most areas covered by this dissertation are marked by divergent opinion and
much public controversy. The endless debates surrounding the various issues of penal servitude have been argued over the course of history and I fear will continue long into the future. In examining the Irish prison system, the marked observations lie not in the provision of the service but in its clients. This area of enquiry is for me at least,
a social question above all else. The structure of society and the sub-culture of the lower class are of most worthy note. Apart from these societal foundations set in stone, there exists an urgent need for a re-evaluation of our prison service, given the problems of drugs; the lack of rehabilitation services; and incredible idleness during extraordinarily long lock- up times. Despite the fact that we have one of the lowest crime rates, we also have one of the highest throughput of prisoners and highest recidivism rates in Europe. Ideological ideas such as those of Foucault would suggest that prison is so inevitably a failure that it is hardly worth evaluating, I would not dispute such a view but merely suggest that, since I do not envisage the Western world overhauling their vision of punitive measures, why not create a healthier system whereby the public are informed; the prison system held accountable and investment made in proven rehabilitative measures in the attempt to reduce recidivism rates. Regardless of how this industry is run and public notions of its components are sensationalised, each and every imprisoned person in Ireland has a release date. Thus we all, as citizens, have a vested interest in the "products" of the prison service.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform > Prisons
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 09:57
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/54

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