Social Violence: Gender and Crime
Social Violence: Gender and Crime

Social Violence: Gender and Crime

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Social violence in the community is mostly caused by the gender inequality and power imbalance between men and women. Some strategies can be employed to deal with these cases of violence within the community. The best way to prevent violence between men and women in our community is by promoting healthy relationships between individuals. This will be achieved through encouraging community outreach whereby individuals are mobilized on various approaches and interventions necessary in developing a peaceful coexistent amongst individuals in a community. It would also be important to implement collaborative and comprehensive approaches that aim at curbing domestic violence as they have higher chances of success than any other approaches (International Development Research Centre, 2011).

However, for the comprehensive plans to succeed in reducing violence in the community as well as the victimization, a continuum of responses is required, especially depending on reliable research available regarding domestic abuse. Creating a forum where members of the society can be educated on social relationships in which they get to learn about important aspects of these relationships will help reduce the levels of violence within the community.

The media portrays a prison culture, characterized by prison macho whereby real men are presented as individuals who hide their feelings and perform in the characters of a tough person. However, in most cases the characters presented by the media are different from what happens in real life where people deserve and need to loved as well as receiving compassion from others. The media portrays different notions about pri

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son and masculinity, especially through the films. For instance, the film Bronson presents the viewers with the conception of violent masculinity based on how violence is present all through the film as well as the domination of masculine men over the others (Carrabine & Longhurst, 2008). The film is, therefore, a representation of masculinity as it recounts the life of a criminal in a manner that it presents his characters of resistance to the men who have undesirable feminine lineaments. The way in which the media portrays prison through such films and other ways is problematic as it advances to a restrictive impression of masculinity, which may involve destructive behavior and violence.

Having been convicted of robbery, conspiracy, and murder Leslie Van Houten should be granted parole. One of the reasons as to why she should be released from jail is based on her behavior and criminal record while in prison. She has undergone a life transformation, especially through rehabilitation. It is evident in the video of her parole hearings that she portrays strong characters of rehabilitation and remorse. Van Houten has also not been involved in any disciplinary issues while serving her sentence in prison (Butterworth & Carver, 2015). All these factors show that she is no longer a threat to the society, in fact during her twentieth parole hearing; she confessed to the board that she knew she had done something unforgivable and that she was working towards creating a world different from that she lived with violence.

Additionally according to the law, she is eligible for release. She deserves it as her behavior is not the one of a cold-blooded

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murderer, and she has shown her repentance. Perhaps she should be an example of how criminals that have worked hard towards their rehabilitation may receive a second chance. Keeping her in prison takes away resources that could be employed for something else or to incarcerate a criminal that deserves it. If tougher sentences to display the supremacy of the law worked, we would see a decrease in the incarcerated population especially after the last changes made by the Harper administration and that is not the case.

For years, prisons have severed as brutal punishment for many offenders. However, prison life at times creates disproportionate hardships, especially for the women. Statistics also show that a higher percentage of the female offenders are sent to prison for less serious offences (Brooks & Johnson, 2010). The offences that are less serious may end up subjecting the women hardships such as being victims of offences and mental health complications. For this reason, the prisons set aside for women should be run differently as well as having different programming than the prisons meant for men. The issue of motherhood still needs to be considered too. The prison life poses a unique challenge for women in times of motherhood. In most cases when a woman gives birth in a state prison, the baby is separated from the mother at a certain time. This may affect the child development regarding the lack of parental care. For these reasons women, prisons need to be different from those of men.

References

  • Brooks, A., & Johnson, R. (2010). Exposed Yet Unrevealed: Reflections on the Poetry of Women Prisoners. Gender Issues, 27(3/4), 146-164. doi:10.1007/s12147-010-9096-6
  • Butterworth, J., & Carver, S. (2015). Thinking skills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Carrabine, E., & Longhurst, B. (2008). Gender and prison organization: Some comments on masculinities and prison management. The Howard Journal, 37161176
  • Faith, K. (2015). The long prison journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life beyond the cult. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
  • International Development Research Centre. (2011). Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development. IDRC.
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