Prison Rhetorical Analysis

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Name: Annisa Larasati Leialohilani Student No: 412497al Skills Group: 3 Skills Trainer: T. T. Chan Date: 13 September 2014 Assignment 2 Claim: The current majority of prison systems in the world are designed to store and isolate men and women when instead they should have focused on rehabilitating them into better members of society. This is a problem-based claim because I would like to convince my target audience using logos and pathos type of arguments that this issue needs our immediate attention. Reason 1 The United States has the highest amount of incarceration in the world. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS), this year the US has a whopping total amount of over two million people in prison (ICPS, 2014). According to the top 7 countries with the highest prison population chart as shown on Figure 1, the US is leading the numbers with significantly higher value than the rest (BBC, 2014). With that many people imprisoned, the implications of the current prison system are much more…show more content…
On a recent TED Talk called ‘Why your worst deeds don’t define you’, Shaka Senghor talks about his life in and after his imprisonment. Senghor admitted to many things during his speech; he admitted to have been an honour student, a drug dealer, and a murderer. The crimes he committed was caused by an unstable home and the lack of guidance and support system. During his time he also realised that many of his fellow inmates came from “the same abusive environment” and are children who have been abused and made a series of bad decisions. His luck changed however, when he met people in prison who helped him grow and be a better member of society that is willing to give back to the community and pay for his mistakes. He now has moved on and earned a fellowship at MIT as well as a teaching position at the University of Michigan (TED,

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