Prisoners, prison, admit guilt, get paroled, correctional facilities, incarceration
Admittedly, correctional facilities in the United States are usually overcrowded. Most jails and prisons in the U.S. hold a larger number of incarcerated persons than their intended capacities. Despite the fact, courts still sentence persons to imprisonment. Invariably, the problem of overcrowded correctional facilities has necessitated application of parole. During parole, both the innocent and guilty prisoners are provisionally released from incarceration upon meeting certain conditions.
[...] Therefore prisoners, even the innocent should be required to admit guilt so as to get paroled. Gaining parole through admission of guilt saves innocent prisoners from being unnecessarily subjected to harsh conditions while inside prison systems and helps in early release. Incarceration facilities are characterized by physical violence, bullying, drug abuse, and occasionally rape. Fernando Bermudez mentions that one of his innocent friends who failed to admit quilt died in prison after the parole committee denied him release (Bermudez 01). [...]
[...] Despite the fact that some may be truly innocent, they should be even happier to admit quilt. The first reason is that one cannot be paroled without doing it, meaning that it is like the language of the parole system. Secondly, the fact that a person is innocent (actual innocence) happens not to be sufficient evidence for a prisoner to be released by the justice system. Additionally, after the court has made a verdict, the court rarely considers evidence of innocence whose presentation could have been made during the original trial. [...]
[...] “It's Perfectly Reasonable to Require an Admission for Parole.” New York Times, January Web February http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/13/parole-when-innocence- is-claimed/its-perfectly-reasonable-to-require-an-admission-fo-for- parole Bermudez, Fernando. Feared I'd die in Prison for Maintaining My Innocence.” New York Times, November Web February http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/13/parole-when-innocence- is-claimed/i-feared-id-die-in-prison-for-maintaining-my-innocence Cassell, Paul. Parole System Needs a Small Safety Valve for the Innocent.” New York Times, December Web February http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/13/parole-when-innocence- is-claimed/the-parole-system-needs-a-small-safety-valve-for-the- innocent Eifling, Sam. “Fixing Parole for the Wrongfully Convicted.” The Tyee, October Web March http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/10/24/Parole-Wrongfully-Convicted/ Medwed, Daniel, S. Innocent Prisoner's Dilemma: Consequences of Failing to Admit Guilt at Parole Hearings.” Iowa Law Review 93.2 (2008): 491-557. [...]
[...] Accordingly, denial of guilt can also result in refusal of parole. To overcome the dilemma, the prisoners who consider not guilty, prisoners could consider their act of admitting guilt only as a namesake expression of remorse and not a true acknowledgement of guilt. Reports show that professing innocence only ends up in closing the doors to freedom (Eifling 2). Taking into consideration the disincentives of refusing to admit guilt, the innocent ones should take the better recourse that is, admitting guilt as a way of gaining their provisional freedom through parole. [...]
[...] During parole, both the innocent and guilty prisoners are provisionally released from incarceration upon meeting certain conditions. One common condition for parole is admission of guilt. Parole boards require accused persons to take responsibility of accusations, whether or not the accusations are true. This means that both the innocent and guilty are occasionally expected to admit guilt prior to being released on parole. However, legally, admission of guilt does not necessarily lead to conviction. Admission of guilt is like an insurance taken by the justice system prior to releasing an otherwise innocent or guilty prisoner. [...]
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