In our last blog post, we looked at the question of promoting honesty in government departments. In today’s blog post, we will continue with that theme – as we deal with the question of promoting honesty in the management of correctional facilities.
If there is lack of honesty in the management of correctional facilities, there is a huge risk that the correctional facilities may end up failing to perform the special role they are meant to play in the society. The correctional facilities are meant to help the society by way of rehabilitating people who, through the commission of various offenses, have fallen short of expectations. The objective is to ensure that by the time such people are released back into the society, they will have been reformed into model citizens. Where it proves impossible to reform them into model citizens, it is expected that they would at least be reformed to a level where they can cope with societal expectations.
The correctional facilities also serve another role, namely that of keeping away (for life, or for quite some time) people who are deemed to be too dangerous for the society. If, for instance, you go to the Medford mugshots website, you will find photos and descriptions of the offenses that various inmates in the Jackson County jail are suspected of. As you go through the current inmates’ list, you notice that some have rather unnerving rap sheets, with multiple violent crimes alleged against them. It then becomes the responsibility of the correctional departments to keep such folks in safe custody, away from the society, lest they do more harm. However, if there is lack of honesty in the management of the correctional facilities, there is a real risk of the correctional facilities ending up being unable to play even this role effectively.
The question that arises, then, is as to how exactly honesty can be promoted in the management of correctional facilities. That is a broad topic, meriting its own article. But we can touch on it, by way of mentioning that one way to promote honesty in the management of correctional facilities is by putting in place systems that encourage (and reward) honest practices. Another key to success in promoting honesty in the management of correctional facilities is in ensuring that only people of unquestionable integrity are hired to run the facilities.