Major Problems, Issues & Trends Facing Prisons Today


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What do we call contracts exchanged between private prison companies and governments that either guarantee prison occupancy rates or guarantee that taxpayers will pay for empty beds?

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1. Why do the mentally ill often end up being incarcerated for long periods of time, even if they only committed a minor offense?

2. What are correctional facilities that are designed, financed, built, and run by private companies?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several factors that affect the problem of overcrowded prisons, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of these factors and their examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be tested on:

  • Contracts between private prisons and governments which guarantee prisoners or empty bed payments by taxpayers
  • Correctional facilities operated by private companies
  • Initiative that began in 1970s that involved aggressive law enforcement actions on drugs

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related prison issues lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of overcrowding in prisons and factors that contribute to it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about 'crimes of survival' and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

The lesson, Major Problems, Issues & Trends Facing Prisons Today, will help you find out more about this topic. The following objectives are addressed:

  • Introduce the existence of major prison issues
  • Explain the overcrowding of prisons
  • Discuss the Three Strikes Law and mental illness