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The prison system is one that is looked upon as a part of our society that is needed yet doesnt work Like Jim Hightower said in 1988 Do something if it doesnt work do something else Since the rehabilitation process doesnt work we must do something about it We must change the rehabilitation process so that it actually works and prisoners that are released come out of prison as new men with pride and a feeling that they belong outside the gates How can the prison system rehabilitate prisoners so that they will enter the society as equals 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 Szumski 1985 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 Doob 1994 In the end most inmates find themselves behind bars or abusing drugs andor alcohol within 3 years of being released Ripley 2003 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 It was seen in the case of Jean Sanders that it is hard to stay off drugs and away from the lifestyle you lead Like most who leave prison he will be returning to the scene of his crimes Ripley 2003 Those who are taught to produce useful goods and to be productive are likely to
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