A Violent Breed

AuthorEthan Macks
Published date01 May 2022
Date01 May 2022
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(2) 193 –196
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862221096725
A Violent Breed
Ethan Macks
Violence. Incarceration. Voice. The root of violence is anger. Anger is a physiological
response to fear. Deep down we are all wired to respond with violence in situations of
survival. This is in our nature, but some choose to nurture this trait. Still violence is not
solely found in prison. But do prisoners just have a lack of responsibility? Or is it a
form of communication for those that are not heard? I am using a medium so that the
voice of violence can be heard for those of us incarcerated. This is our story.
In prison violence is undeniably a factor. We’ve all seen the movies where people
fight, stab, and even kill in a prison setting. One could say it comes with the territory.
Until you experience firsthand how quickly a situation can ignite into a blaze of fury
behind prison gates, there is no way to truly understand how violent acts can occur in
a manner of seconds. There are many issues. Our criminal justice system, for one, is
actually breeding violent criminals. Many pretty offenders are being put into a place
where the law of survival of the fittest takes on a whole new level. Try to imagine liv-
ing with the killers and outcasts of society. Violence can also be used to rise up in the
ranks of gang affiliation. Violence may also be a necessity for survival. Worst of all,
no one is safe from violence. Even those who are put in place to “protect” inmates,
instigate or partake in acts of violence themselves.
I believe the criminal justice system is guilty of using a one size fits all method
when convicting criminals. Someone can go to prison for a number of reasons and not
be a violent person. Prison is not rehabilitating these people. It’s a fact that once a
person goes to prison they become more likely higher to commit a violent offense
when they get released. This is because you don’t get to choose who you live around.
The men or women housed with you could be prone to violence. Being in this type of
hostile environment can actually desensitize you to the reality of violence you may
have to deal with. This is not fair to people who may simply be a nonviolent addict or
a thief. People in these categories have to find a method to cope with living around
dangerous inmates.
It is known that people have issues adjusting back into society upon completion of
a prison term. As hard as it is to adjust and learn to live where violence is widely
accepted is not as hard as letting down your defense mechanisms when you get out.
You will always remember how you had to survive in the prison. The tension you live
with inside of prison is a stigma that follows you out to the streets.
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