You, as an expert in corrections, have been asked to do a 500 word summary for the following. In your town, you have a state prison that currently houses 800 men. The State Department of Corrections wants to change the prison to be a co-correctional institution with 100 women and 700 men. Summarize the primary issues in starting a co-correctional institution, including facility problems, social problems and staff/management problems. Don’t try to solve the problems – simply point out and describe the issues that must be considered if this change is to go forward.
The recommendations for co-gender institutions may seem extreme to the unitiated, but leaving the effect of a system that allows at least nonsexual social contact in daily activity with members of the opposite sex is considerable (Allen, Latessa, & Ponder, 2010). The change of an all-male institution to co-gender institutions requires very careful screening and supervision of offenders. While allowing some male and female inmates to participate in programs together may be a partial solution to equal protection problems, it is never going to be a complete solution. Few other issues will surface during the proposed initiative and to mention some of them; the institution management should have prevalent preoccupation of prison officials and inmates in the facility to have specific set of policies about contact between the sexes. Establishing rules to either grant inmates to practice sexual intercourse or prohibit it. Determine those areas to have privacy where the two sexes mingle. What areas should be considered for the general inmate community and which areas are restricted to the opposite sex. The relationships play an integral role in the lives of the population and they fall into three categories: companionship, counselor relationships and dating (Anderson, 1978). The institution infrastructure will be subject for evaluation to meet that may be require to provide subdivision housing cells for...
Cited: Allen, H. E., Latessa, E. J., & Ponder, B. S. (2010). Corrections in America: An Introduction (12th ed.). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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William C. Collins, & Collins, A. W. (1996, December). Women in Jail: Legal Issues. Retrieved Oct 14, 2012, from National Institute of Corrections: http://static.nicic.gov/Library/013770.pdf
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