Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, the last place I ever want to see my clients is in prison. But with prison
populations higher than ever, there are still a lot of misconceptions
held by the general public.
People convicted of
rape are not housed with people convicted of
drug offenses such as possession for sale of marijuana or narcotic drugs. Most prisons
use a classification system that separates violent offenders (like those
convicted of murder, drive by shooting, or aggravated assault), from non-violent
offenders (like those convicted of white collar crimes such as fraudulent
schemes, money laundering, or forgery). Sex offenders; those convicted
of crimes such as
sexual exploitation of a minor, child molestation, or even child abuse, are housed separate from all
general population inmates. Generally,
sex offenders are housed on separate prison yards to protect them from predatory conduct
by other inmates.
There is also a belief that people get help and treatment in prison. The
reality is that drugs are plentiful in prisons, not just in Arizona but
in all states, and that inmates can readily continue a criminal lifestyle
behind bars. And while taxpayers are quick to fund the construction of
new prisons, historically they have not supported funding treatment programs
for those they put there. Backward as it may sound, the Arizona Department
of Corrections is a misnomer. There is no “correction,” and
there is no “rehabilitation.” Perhaps a better name for it
would be the “Arizona Department of Warehousing People.” It
doesn’t have such catchy ring to it, but it’s far more accurate.
Most people who go to prison in Arizona will return again. Whether it is
because of a parole violation, or because of committing a new crime in
the future, the likelihood is strong. By hiring a capable, competent,
and aggressive Phoenix criminal defense attorney to represent you, you
may be able to avoid going to prison in the first place.
Call our firm today to get started!