M7D1: Prison Overcrowding?

M7D1: Prison Overcrowding?

Module 7

Opinions vary on how best to address the issue of prison overcrowding. Some think that get tough policies are essential to keeping crime contained while others think this approach simply reinforces the problem of overcrowding. As you may recall, the State of Arizona had adopted a controversial approach to handling overcrowding in Maricopa County which was referred to as Tent City. This system has since closed however it will provide the basis for our discussion.

Before responding to the discussion question, view the video, Lockdown: Tent City (Links to an external site.) [Video File][50 Min 22 Sec] (Segments 1 and 2)

For this discussion, address the following topic:

Do you think a tent city approach is a viable option for addressing prison overcrowding? Explain why or why not.
What are some other approaches you think would help alleviate prison overcrowding? Please use your readings to support your response.
After your initial post, read and reply to at least TWO other postings made by your classmates with substantial responses that further the discussions. Remember to read and reply to questions from your instructor.

Keep the following in mind when making your posts to the discussion area:

Did you complete all of the elements required in your initial discussion post?
Did you respond to the initial posts of at least two of your fellow students?
Did you acknowledge those who responded to you, including questions from your instructor?
Were all of your posts made on time? That is, was your initial post made before Midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, and were your follow-up posts made before Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors.

This is a post first discussion forum, which means you must submit your initial post before you can view other students posts.

When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click Post Reply.

To respond to a peer, click Reply beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.