warehousing | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Corrections

Warehousing in corrections refers to the practice of incarcerating inmates without rehabilitation or addressing criminal behavior’s root causes.

Warehousing is a term used to describe the practice of incarcerating large numbers of individuals without providing the necessary resources, programming, and support to help them rehabilitate and prepare for reentry into society. This approach to corrections is often criticized for being ineffective in reducing recidivism and promoting public safety.

Critics argue that warehousing perpetuates a cycle of criminal behavior, particularly for individuals who are incarcerated for long periods of time. Without access to education, job training, counseling, and other forms of rehabilitation, inmates may be ill-equipped to re-enter society and may be more likely to re-offend.

Additionally, warehousing can have negative impacts on the well-being of inmates, including increased rates of mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide. Overcrowding and understaffing can also lead to unsafe and unsanitary living conditions for inmates, exacerbating these issues.

In contrast to warehousing, many experts advocate for a rehabilitative approach to corrections that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of criminal behavior and helping individuals prepare for successful reentry into society. This may involve providing education and job training programs, offering counseling and mental health services, and working to create a supportive and safe environment for inmates.

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Last Modified: 03/14/2023


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