Everyone working in corrections should have a working knowledge of supermax prisons. These prisons are for inmates who are the most violent and disruptive and cannot be effectively controlled in lower level security prisons. There is much disagreement between corrections practitioners, researchers, and certain inmate advocate groups on whether supermax prisons should be used and if they are effective. Review the several pages in our textbook that discuss supermax prisons and do some additional research on you own. Answer the following questions to get the conversation started:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of supermax prisons?
Do you think they are constitutional?
If you were a state corrections commissioner, would you use one? If so, under what conditions?
Remember to cite your sources and to continue the challenging questions to classmates.