Sample Paper on Implementing Victim’s Rights Commentary


Implementing Victim’s Rights Commentary

Beatty and Gregorie, in this article, develop a compelling argument on why corrections professionals should be tasked with the role of implementing victims’ rights despite the heavy burden of ensuring that perpetrators are punished that they already have.  I agree with the authors that the victims’ rights should be considered at all times during court proceedings and in many legal matters concerning the perpetrator. While it is factual that correction professionals already have too much to do, they are in a unique position to preserve victims’ rights since they have access to information about the perpetrators. One of the reasons correction professionals give for failing to implement some of the victims’ rights, such as informing the victim about parole hearings, release dates, and when criminals are granted furloughs, is that they do not have the finances to implement these rights. However, measures, such as cutting finances on other areas to meet the costs of implementing victim’s rights, can be adopted to solve the money issue. Additionally, since States have failed in forcing correctional professionals to implement victim’s rights, perhaps the federal government should be tasked with the role of enforcing such rights. If such a move is taken, the States will have no option but to comply with federal law or face the consequences of breaking the law such as prosecution. Therefore,  the solutions to implementing victims’ rights, as stated by Beatty and Gregorie, is simple; educate correction professionals on how to relay information to victims, provide finances to help in implementation and finally ensure that the correctional professionals are willing to implement these rights.

Community Justice

The article sheds light on a new approach to dealing with juvenile offenders funded by the federal government. In the past, young adolescents would be taken to court for minor crimes, such as pickpocketing and stealing, and this negatively impacted their lives after they left correctional facilities. I think that community justice is an opportunity for young offenders to recognize their mistakes and mend their ways. At such a tender age, it is common for people to fail to think about the implications of their actions and only act based on what they are feeling at the moment, therefore, community justice will help decrease the number of young perpetrators presented in courts. If Janae were taken to court for stealing the jewelry she would have been sentenced, which would have affected her life in the future especially when she needs a job. Instead of punishing the perpetrator community justice offers individuals the opportunity to understand the consequences of their mistake and correct their ways. Moreover, being branded as a juvenile for life might make the.

American Social Work, Corrections and Restorative Justice: An Appraisal

One of the roles of Social workers, as Gumz puts mentions in the article, is to help achieve social justice. I agree with the author that traditionally, social work was a noble profession aimed at ensuring that there was social equity. Individuals from all walks of life could have a fair share of social justice since social workers freely aided individuals who needed their help. However, one can state that just like many other professionals whose goal is to make money, the main focus for many social workers now is to make money and not pursuing social justice. . I think that perhaps the shift in their role in correction facilities is not due to their unwillingness to participate but because the criminal system has made it difficult for them to get involved by shifting from the goal of rehabilitation to separating those who have broken the law from the rest of the society. Nevertheless, restorative justice has offered a platform for social workers to once again help ensure that social justice is achieved. To be able to go back to the traditional roles of social workers there is a need to change even the education system. I agree with the author that as much as social workers need to make a living they need to be made to understand that they have a duty to their customers, and that is to ensure their wellbeing and help them achieve social justice.

Prison Privatization

The article presents both sides of the argument on whether privatization of prisons is better than public prisons. I agree with the authors that prison privatization is not beneficial both for the taxpayers as well as the government since there is no great difference between the services offered in a private prison and those rendered in a public detention facility. I find it interesting that America, which is one of the most developed nations in the world, instead of finding ways of curbing the rising incarceration rates, encourages the privatization of prisons. The number of young nonwhite people in prisons is alarming, and the government, instead of relaxing some of its laws on petty crimes, ends up contracting private entities to build prisons to house petty offenders. Moreover, I agree with the authors’ findings that there is no real evidence that privatization of prisons has reduced the burden of operating costs in prison for the taxpayer, thus they are not solutions for reducing the government’s expenditure. Besides, private prisons are unethical since they are meant for making money rather than helping the inmates reform. Therefore, the government should do away with such facilities and review the law so that petty criminals are not sent to jail.

The Impact of Crime Program

Victims of a crime have to live either in fear of being attacked again in the future or become stuck in the events that unfolded that day. Many of the perpetrators, as the author puts it, are oblivious of the consequences of their actions. Indeed, they struggle to understand that there is no victimless crime. I find the crime program to be justifiable in letting perpetrators know that their actions hurt and change their victims’ life. While some of these perpetrators who show up for the program may only do so to gain a certificate to aid their case, some of them may end up understanding the consequences of their actions after hearing the victims speak. I believe that the crime program should be implemented in various States to not only help reach out to some of the perpetrators but also offer victims an opportunity to speak freely and openly about their feelings towards those that hurt them to help them in the healing process. Indeed, as much as this program is aimed at helping perpetrators face the effects of their actions it also serves as a reconciliatory and forgiving platform for both the perpetrator and the victim.

Client Choice in the Treatment of Heroin and Prescription Opioid Dependence

The number of young people addicted to heroin, as depicted in the article, is quite high. The author clearly explains heroin addiction and the reason it is so hard for addicts to recover. The author rightly states addiction to heroin is hard to beat since the desire to get high overrides the desire to remain clean once individuals are out of rehab. I believe that the ready availability of these substances on the street makes it easy for these addicts to access them thus hard to stop the drug use habit. Although the government, through law enforcers, has tried to remove these drugs from the streets, it has been unsuccessful largely. Consequently, much more needs to be done to ensure that these substances are not available. The twelve-step rehabilitation program is a good method of helping individuals get clean but I fear that it is not sufficient to help them remain clean in the absence of laws that make it hard to access these drugs.

Fire in the Hole, a Look at Special Housing

One of the major findings in the article is that special housing is not necessary even when dealing with mentally challenged individuals. I agree with the author that individuals who are incarcerated are already paying for their crimes thus it makes sense that individuals who are mentally challenged will also be put in special housing for their welfare and that of others. Indeed, solitary confinement has been in existence for a long and it is usually used either for the safety of the individual or when the individual has broken some of the prison rules. I believe that prison is a correctional facility and should remain as such as opposed to it being a place where individuals are severely punished for their actions. The author indicates that mentally challenged prisoners when under observation and medication are not such a huge threat to themselves and others which I agree with and so they do not need special housing