Essay on NewJack

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As we all know Society's views on Crime and Punishment are not good ones. Without reading Ted Canover's, Newjack, the general overview of Crime and Punishment is that criminals should be punished the maximum. Criminals are not cut any slack; the general population does not really care about what happens to criminals in prisons and how unjust their sentences are.
In his book, Canover expresses interactions between inmates and himself. He says that his time in Sing Sing, a maximum security facility was spent mostly interacting with inmates during dining hours, checking prison cells, and writing up disciplinary infraction statements. He spent most of the time, unarmed, and scared because there were about 1,800 convicted felons in this facility, and was guarded solely by about 700 guards. This is obviously not sufficient. This fact alone reflects society's attitude towards crime and punishment. It is obvious that sufficient attention is not being placed upon this security facility since there is not sufficient security to maintain 1800 felons. Ted Canover spends 1 year as a correctional facility officer in Sing Sing, to get a detailed story of the lives of prison inmates, and the lives of these correctional officers.
The Prison, once a model prison, but now New York State’s most troubled maximum-security facility is in a dire need of a makeover. This fact as well, reflects society;s attitude towards crime and punishment. The general thought is, who cares. This prison is very old now, and in order to maintain these prisoners in an environment where they can live in humane conditions it has to be remodeled. Yes, these are criminals who have disobeyed the law, but they are also humans, who deserve humane conditions to live in. This attitude of not caring is very clear because of all the things that Canover experienced throughout his term as correctional officers of Sing Sing. We also have to take into account that not…