According submissive to them. For the women prison also

to Bruce Western and Megan Comfort, when men are incarcerated at such a high
ratio and are from targeted communities and/or race men and family suffer from
the imprisonment. In majority the first ones who end up suffering are the wives
but surprisingly as Megan Comfort shows there are times where they are actually
benefiting from their men being in prison. In Doing Time Together, Comfort puts the question of why women decide
to stay with men which are in prison. Many of the women whom say they either
have met the men through rehab programs or they have just been in the
relationship before they went into prison get the attention they want. These
women get one hundred percent of the attention from the men, they claim that
the men are nicer, more romantic and affectionate. These women are feel in more
control of their lives and they don’t have to be submissive to a man, the man
are submissive to them. For the women prison also works as a resource and a
rehab center for these men, they claim that this way their husbands stay off
drugs and the streets as well as from being abusive to the women. Yet for these
women who do have partners in prison and go visit them have to go through a
rigorous procedure, making it seem like they too are in a prison. Megan Comfort
writes about many of the events that happen in the “tube” as she calls it. She
writes that “the tube reminds me of a slave-holding tank”. Women and kids have
to go dressed a certain way, they cannot be “too dressed”. Mothers with babies
have to carry them the whole time they are there waiting since they cannot take
the strollers or any sort of item aside from the baby’s milk.

            But what happens when the amount of
men in prison is greater than in the communities? Bruce Western writes that
“growing numbers of female-headed families increased the risks of enduring
poverty for women and children. Growing up poor also raised a child’s risk of
school failure, poor health, and delinquency”. In the 1980’s a researcher
traced the number of female-headed households in specific in the black
community. He found that there was a great decrease of “marriageable” men in
the poor urban neighborhoods. This is due to the high rates of incarceration and
mortality. This keeps forming a never ending cycle of men who once they get out
of prison are striped from all their rights as I said before. They cannot find
a job, they cannot support a family and the list goes on. Western speaks about
studies done which “examined the impact of men’s employment on marriage rates
and found that the unemployed are less likely to be married and that
joblessness can increase chances of divorce or separation”. The kids of these
men with criminal records tend to have little or no contact with their father
even when they are released. This leads to many children growing without a dad
and these children will go and involve in illegal activities and be punished
just how their father did. Once again we see the cycle going on here.  

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            In conclusion, America has become a
country where imprisoning people is more important than helping rehabilitating
them. Since the 1960s crime has been increasing significantly. Yet it has only
increased for minorities, in specific Blacks. This has affected many families
and communities making it a cycle for every male in a household have a great
chance of going into prison sometime in their lifetime. “By building more prisons,
severely criminalizing drug-related activity, mandating prison time, and
lengthening sentences, lawmakers chose a punitive course that abandoned the
long-standing ideal of rehabilitation” (Western, Bruce). Mass incarceration only
became common for poorly educated black men. Therefore, this added unemployment
and family instability to those with the least economic power and family
support. Today there are new policies being implemented and negative effects
keep getting worse. Even though it is very expensive to maintain a prison, many
corporations are receiving free labor and prisons employ thousands of people
throughout the U.S. Mass incarceration created a system of social inequality, “a
social structure in which social inequalities are self-sustaining and those at
the bottom have few prospects for upward mobility”.