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Why are there prisons? An expert explains the history of using 'correctional' facilities to punish people

By Joshua Long, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, UMass Lowell
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Why are there prisons? – Andrew H., age 8

When people are found guilty of committing a crime, a judge will decide how they should be punished. Sometimes they are allowed to live in their own homes and…The Conversation

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