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A Day in the Life: Prison

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Sociology students were given a first-hand experience on the way the justice system is conducted. Custody Commander and Captain Joseph Pulitano paid a visit to Mrs. Bolger’s periods three and four. After completing their lesson on deviance and watching The Shawshank Redemption, Mrs. Bolger believed that meeting and asking questions to Captain Pulitano would further their understanding of the material. Students were taught that the purpose of the justice system is to isolate, punish, reform and to rehabilitate. Many think that when a criminal is arrested, the process ends there, However, the sociology course reveals that prisoners are far from neglected. When they have served their time and have reformed, they are placed back into society to live a better life. Pulitano helped the class learn about his duties as a Captain, and the individual’s duty as a criminal. Students were engaged as Pulitano prompted a multitude of questions. He began his lesson by reviewing the daily life of a prisoner, beginning at “6:30 am with the morning attendance.” Pulitano explained that security is evidently a priority, so the prisoners were checked periodically throughout the day. Officers ensured that all were present and living.

After, prisoners would have the opportunity to video chat with family members or read books by paying a certain fee. Students then raised the obvious question, “how do they pay for these privileges?” As a part of the reforming process, inmates are allowed to work “jobs” in the facility”, like laundry and cleaning among other occupations. Not only do prisoners perform jobs, but they also have access to education. They are able to earn degrees which will be useful when they are released, proving that the system works hard to help the criminals maintain enough normalcy to function in society after their sentence. The prisoners are also provided with exercise equipment as well, to sustain proper health.

However, prison life is not perfect of course, Pulitano admitted that the budget only allows for meals that cost less than one dollar. Furthermore, prisoners have restrictions regarding outside access and general privacy. All points of their day are monitored and some prisoners are not allowed to experience contact with each other. Although students complain about the workload in school, they appreciate their freedoms.

Students and Mrs. Bolger could not have been more grateful for Pulitano’s visitation. He helped them understand the inner workings of the justice system. Mrs. Bolger hopes that Captain Pulitano will return in the Spring when the second-semester sociology classes begin.

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  1. Kiara Bolger on January 17th, 2019 10:33 am

    I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to utilize such a valuable community resource. Captain Pulitano was able to offer a voice “from the inside” and a unique perspective to enhance our study of the criminal justice system. There have been many changes to the criminal justice system over recent decades and more are sure to come. I look forward to having more conversations with Captain Pulitano in the future. To The Point Press, thank you for featuring this learning experience.

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