Prison Comparison Contrast
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A penitentiary is a facility that confines the most horrific criminals to keep them out of society in an effort to punish and at the same time, keep society safe from these criminals. Inside a penitentiary is another world completely separate from the rest of the world. Most people dread the thought of ever ending up there, others never thought about it much, and some people cannot wait to go there, like gang members earning their stripes.
The ideal penitentiary is always far from reality. An ideal penitentiary would punish without violence, although sometimes violence is part of the punishment for some. Violence often involves the corrections officers working at these facilities. A corrections officer has most likely never been to prison, except to work there. These people have a lot of confidence and courage to work in a place they would never in their lives want to be sent, especially with some of the most violent and criminally insane people in the entire United States.
Prisons have changed a lot the last century. There have been prisons that shut down, such as Alcatraz. Alcatraz was not the ideal prison, like most. Alcatraz is still on a very small bit of land, an island, off the coast of California in the San Francisco Bay known as “The Rock”. Alcatraz was closed down in 1963 after having been a military prison and federal prison. Alcatraz was very expensive to operate, and caused a lot of sewage to spill into the San Francisco Bay, so it closed up. There were many famous inmates at Alcatraz, Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelley were just two of those.
During World War II, there were prison camps. The Japanese Camps housed Prisoners of War, which were Japanese residents of the United States. According to Gary North, there were about one hundred and twenty thousand of these Japanese residents in a dozen camps. Other camps include The Western Hemisphere Kidnap Camps. These camps...