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The US Penal System Prison inmates are some of the most maladjusted people in society Most of the inmates have had too little discipline or too much come from broken homes and have no self-esteem They are very insecure and are at war with themselves as well as with society Most inmates did not learn moral values or learn to follow everyday norms Also when most lawbreakers are labeled criminals they enter the phase of secondary deviance They will admit they are criminals or believe it when they enter the phase of secondary deviance Next some believe that if we want to rehabilitate criminals we must do more than just send them to prison For instance we could give them a chance to acquire job skills which will improve the chances that inmates will become productive citizens upon release The programs must aim to change those who want to change Those who are taught to produce useful goods and to be productive are likely to develop the self-esteem essential to a normal integrated personality This kind of program would provide skills and habits and replace the sense of hopelessness that many inmates have Moreover another technique used to rehabilitate criminals is counseling There is two types of counseling in general individual and group counseling Individual counseling is much more costly than group counseling The aim of group counseling is to develop positive peer pressure that will influence its members One idea in many sociology text is that group problem-solving has definite advantages over individual problem-solving The idea is that a wider variety of solutions can be derived by drawing from the experience of several people with different backgrounds Also one individuals problem might have already been solved by another group member and can be suggested Often if a peer proposes a solution it carries more weight than if the counselor were to suggest it Further in
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