oa Alternation - A World of Darkness': polarisation of prisoners

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Imprisonment, which results in the exclusive removal off an offender from the outside world, is afflictive by the very fact of taking from the person the right of autonomy by depriving him of his liberty. This denial of an individual's freedom is one of the most oppressive infringements of liberation. Secured from the community and populated predominantly with poor, uneducated, and politically powerless people, prisons tend to remain hidden sites of human rights abuses. Prisoners are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in society. The incarceration of offenders can be regarded as a binary of polarisation. Firstly, prisoners are ostracized from society, and secondly they are marginalized in society if and when they are released from prison. Many prisoners are released into the community with no homes or family to return to. They have no choice but to remain on the streets, thereby exposing them to further crime in order to survive. This lack of reintegration of the offender into society results in the increased rate of recidivism.

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