Prison FAQs:

Q: Are prisons most commonly used within a criminal justice system: people charged with crimes may be imprisoned until they are brought to trial?

A: Yes, those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified period of imprisonment.

Q: Were prisons harsh work camps established in the 17th century in Russia?

A: Yes, and in remote underpopulated areas of Siberia and the Russian Far East, that had few towns or food sources.

Q: Are prisons then estimated at US$74 billion per year?

A: Yes.

Q: Are prisons normally surrounded by fencing?

A: Yes, and walls, earthworks, geographical features, or other barriers to prevent escape.

Q: Are prisons to be so harsh and terrifying that they deter people from committing crimes out of fear of going to prison?

A: Yes.

Q: Are prisons : gyms and weightlifting rooms?

A: Yes, and arts and crafts, games , television sets, and sports teams.

Q: Are prisons questioned for their overall effectiveness in rehabilitating youth?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a prison constructed?

A: Yes, and the level of funding available to procure new equipment.

Q: Are prisons pregnant and in jails 6% of women are pregnant”?

A: Yes, Very few of these women receive prenatal care, which can be very detrimental to both the mother and child, especially when coupled with inmates’ histories of inadequate health care as well as sexual, physical and substance abuse.

Q: Are prisons being "soft" on inmates?

A: Yes, and others claiming that it is cruel and dehumanizing to confine people for years without any recreational opportunities.

Q: Was a prison located within a sewer system beneath ancient Rome and contained a large network of dungeons where prisoners were held in squalid conditions?

A: Yes, and contaminated with human waste.

Q: Are prisons frequently used by authoritarian regimes against perceived opponents?

A: Yes.

Q: Are prisons often designed with less restrictive features?

A: Yes, and confining prisoners at night in smaller locked dormitories or even cottage or cabin-like housing while permitting them free movement around the grounds to work or activities during the day.

Q: Was a prison modeled on what became known as the "Pennsylvania system"?

A: Yes, and placed all prisoners into solitary cells with nothing other than religious literature, and forced them to be completely silent to reflect on their wrongs.

Q: Are prisons very attractive to employers?

A: Yes, because prisoners can be made to perform a great array of jobs, under conditions that most free laborers wouldn't accept : sub-minimum wage payments, no insurance, no collective bargaining, lack of alternative options, etc.

Q: Are prisons the Mamertine Prison, established around 640 B.C?

A: Yes, by Ancus Marcius.

Q: Were prisons mainly to hold those awaiting trial and convicts awaiting punishment?

A: Yes.