HOW PRISONERS ARE TREATED AROUND THE WORLD

prisoner treatment

It has been said that once a person is sentenced to serve time, the penalty for incarceration is in itself the punishment already.  Once confined in a penal facility (or in the case of a community-based corrective approach, supervised as probationer or parolee), the person is no longer subject to retribution.  Otherwise, the penalty is multiplied two-fold, that is, segregated from family and community of orientation and then subjected to humiliating exploitation while imprisoned.  That is not what the law intends in the first place.  There is only one penalty for an offense.  And that is to be under the custody of law for a period of time.

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There are prison facilities that require prisoners to earn their upkeep.  The maintenance cost for their subsistence is deserved in the course of their defined work or assignment while serving time.  Other prison settings are organized to conduct a highly productive environment where workshops are designed virtually like factories.  In other countries, prisons are closed environments where security is a principal tenet and inmate movements measured to a certain degree.  Prisoners in closed prison setting are involved in institutional production activities confined in workshops and factories within the walls.

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Various countries have their respective expression of handling and treating their prisoners.  In Mexico, prisoners are compelled to learn a skill otherwise they will never be recommended for any form of executive clemency.  In said country, they have a correctional policy called “No Skill-No Release” program.

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In Australia, prisoners are compelled to be craftsmen.  All furniture, chairs and tables including cabinets and office dividers used by government are built in prisons.  In Canada, prison inmates are not only tasked for carpentry works but also contracted for punching out license plates of motor vehicles.

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In Hong Kong, prison facilities are virtually workshops where public works contract the fabrication of street signs and road marks.  In Japan, prisoners are conscripted to work on factories inside prison tasked on manpower intensive computer spare parts engineering and manufacturing.  There are facilities also which maintain breweries, manned and maintained by prisoners.

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In China, prisoners are marched as a group in penal farms on horticultural patches  where they cultivate and maintain vast areas for gardening and related agro production program.  Furthermore, prisoners under institutional care and confinement are also tapped in lucrative Internet gaming work.

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In England, prisoners are assigned on correctional studios and trained for high-quality craftwork, interior design commissions and heritage pieces for organizations.

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In India, inmates build furniture, sew uniforms and make eco-friendly paper and office supplies for the country’s police and courts.

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In Brazil, the concentration is on education more than production.  Accordingly, prison administration engage idle prisoners by shaving time of their sentences in return for reading books.  Thus, a prisoner can get four days off for each book read, confirmed by a written book report, to a maximum of 48 days a year.

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In Tijar Jail, the largest prison complex in South Asia, inmates are turned into profitable producer of goods ranging from food products to shoes.  Its bakery produces some of the country’s most popular bread, biscuits and muffins.  The proceeds of these productive activities are directed to help victims of crime.

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In Africa, the waste of prisoners are compacted in a dungeon like facility and its methane content translated into biogas which supply not only the electrical power for the facility but also, the energy requirements of the neighboring towns.

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In Israel, prisoners are treated clinically.  In this manner, a prisoner goes out as one of a group escorted by a senior prison officer.  If he satisfies the terms of such groups and performs well with no lapses, then he will be transferred to an individual rehabilitation track, whereby he will go out to work or study alone and unescorted to cope by himself with the pressures of work or study.  Before he receives his release, he will live in a hostel and spend each weekend on home leave with his family.

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In Indonesia, they still maintain an island prison much like Alcatraz where the main preoccupation of prisoners is on fishery and on teak and rubber tree plantation.  In neighboring Malaysia, prisoners are no longer given rock-breaking work but more on coconut pounding routine.  Their facilities are designed where congestion is checked and welfare of prisoners promoted.

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In the Philippines, prisoners under limited movement are enrolled in academic sequences, compelled to participate in literary courses and assigned on handicraft or vocational program.  Those who are about to be released and are designated in penal colonies are allowed to immerse in farm work and compensated for their productive output.  Education (formal and informal) remains as the backbone of institutional rehabilitation program.

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A perpetual student of Corrections

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