A.C. - I found the trip to be extremely interesting. I was pleased that
the staff was very knowledgeable and willing to answer the questions that the
group had. It was nice to see that the faculty spoke of the residents as
people. I realize that it was probably in their protocol to make tours
this way, but it was different than what I expected. Usually the
"residents" would be referred to as "inmates" I suppose it
could be PC. I would encourage anyone to take a tour of the facility.
It would help to understand the corrections facility and what one is like.
Also, it never hurts to realize your personal freedoms and privileges. The tour
of the prison shed some light on the reality of prison, what I saw there was a
far cry from what you see in many movies.
A.S. - I HAD A GREAT TIME AND I REALLY APPRECIATED YOU TAKING US. I WAS
GLAD THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO AND LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE FACILITY AND
WHAT PSYCHOLOGISTS DO IN THE FACILITY. I THINK YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE
DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS SHOULD GO TO THE PRISON TO SEE WHAT KIND OF PATH THEY ARE
GOING DOWN BECAUSE I KNOW IT MADE ME APPRECIATE MY FREEDOM A LOT MORE. IT
WAS INTERESTING AND WOULDN'T MIND TO GO BACK FOR ANOTHER VISIT SOMETIME.
The prison trip was very interesting. Some of my friends that did not go,
now wish they would have. I think a little history on anti social
personality disorder would be helpful for those that would like to go. In
fact, having Abnormal Psych. makes it very interesting. Another prevalent
disorder is schizophrenia. The highlight of the tour, I feel, was getting
to talk to the staff psychologist. I enjoyed asking her all sorts of
questions about meds, common diagnoses, staffing... She was a great
resource about antisocial personality disorder. It would have been
great if I could have read some journal articles, and studied up on the subject
before hand, while you get the gist in abnormal, I'm sure that there are some
interesting aspects we aren't aware of...also, perhaps, read some material on
prison studies. Interesting too, is that only 25% of these prisoners
rehabilitate. It would have been more interesting to know some of the
crimes that these men had committed, specifically. That was one question
that was in the back of my mind. After I returned home, my mom informed me
that the man that was accused of murder in the Bradford case in Evansville was
up there. I wonder which part of the population he was in. But
definitely, some research on prisons and knowledge of abnormal would benefit.
Then we could probably have some more interesting conversations with staff.
If you schedule another trip, I will do some homework before I go, because now I
have all sorts of questions. Idea, it would be interesting to have
students pick some places of interest, such as the prison, do an analysis
of it and inform everybody else of what they may expect to see, things of
interest to look for (our own tour guide for our interests) something we
could discuss on the way. Maybe an idea for extra credit or something.
note: I feel that working in a prison on staff would be a really challenging
task mentally, just because of the confining, strange atmosphere, and having to
be aware of the dangers you are subject too at all times. It was a really
interesting trip, well worth the time spent. Thanks for organizing it!!!!
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