January 30, 2011

Prison and Jail Reform Across The Nation

Posted in death, jail, marijuana, prison, reform, Uncategorized, weed at 11:59 PM by psycheshanicole

There have been several serious issues over the past few years regarding state prisons and county jails, be it underfunding, overcrowding , or deaths. These problems occurring in one of the most prominent nations in the world is unacceptable. There needs to be a serious reform and more strict standards to how prisons are ran to better serve the employees, the inmates, and the surrounding communities.

Nowadays, it seems as if it is most important to arrest every law-breaker, no matter how serious, and to continue to make room for them in the prisons and jails without regard to state laws and regulations or actually rehabilitating criminals. It seems as though The Department of Corrections has forgotten what the meaning of corrections is and has replaced it with the definition of punishment. Understandably, most inmates do deserve to be punished severely for the crimes they have committed, but is it at the expense of the safety of other inmates and employees and the well-being and basic human rights of the inmates themselves?

I have never been to jail, but I’ve only heard horror stories of disgusting food, unbearable temperatures, and mistreatment. Even my father, who has unfortunately spent a large portion of his life in and out of prisons and jails,  has told me that the Oklahoma County Jail is the worse place to be housed, compared to all the places he has been sentenced to go. I would think a county jail would be a little better than a state prison, wouldn’t you?

The amazingly entertaining and raw show, Lockup, shows a glimpse of the lives of inmates across the country. I encourage everyone to watch it on MSNBC late night.

I wanted to write about this topic because of the female prison guard who was strangled at Washington State prison recently (I linked the article to the word “death” in the first sentence) . To me, that incident was ridiculous and preventable, the woman had complained about being alone and unchecked for long periods of time in an area of the prison she guarded and her complaint was ignored, and now she is dead. A 34 year-old woman is dead due to an inmate trying to escape and budget cuts. Tragic.

I’m not 100 percent sure on what specific changes should be done to improve the system, but I hope someone who does have that knowledge steps up and starts a change. Although, if asked, my first recommendation would be to legalize marijuana across the United States, which would alleviate more than 850,000 inmates nationwide, this could make room for more serious offenders such as drunk drivers, rapists, and murderers, and put tax dollars to better use; but that is another topic.

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January 23, 2011

Post Numero Uno

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:40 PM by psycheshanicole

Electronic communication is extremely important to many areas of life-personal, business, academic. From the business perspective, it is important for companies to stay relevant to their consumers, especially through a technology outlet. From an advertising perspective and with technology expanding every day companies must be able to reach their consumers through video, television commercials, digital billboards, blogs, graphically enhanced web sites, phone applications, and so many other forms of electronic communication.

The field of advertising may use electronic communication more than many other career fields, because communicating is basically the main goal of advertising. The purpose of advertising or an advertisement is to communicate and make aware the benefits or availability of a certain product or service. Nowadays it would be essential for advertising agencies and many other companies that offer products or services to have several ways of communicating to their potential and current consumers. Many companies use videos and You Tube to keep record of their events or host commercials. Some companies pay well-known or influential people to blog about their products and services. And with many more people interacting on the Internet, especially on a few select web sites, it is essential to be a part of those sites. Web sites such as Google, You Tube, Facebook, etc are those sites companies want to be a part of, be it a fan page on Facebook, video or advertisement on You Tube, or a hit to a keyword search on Google.

Communication is key to make any relationship or interaction work, personal or business, so companies and employees need to stay up to date with the new ways of doing so to be succesful.