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A quick definition of incarceration:

Definition: Incarceration means putting someone in jail or prison as a punishment for breaking the law. This can happen if someone is found guilty of a crime or if they break the rules of their probation or parole. Being in jail or prison can be very hard and can affect a person's health, relationships, and ability to live a normal life. The law says that people who are in jail or prison must be treated fairly and given basic things like food, medical care, and exercise.

A more thorough explanation:

Incarceration is the act of detaining a person in a correctional or psychiatric facility. It is often used in reference to criminal sentences imposed by a court of law. The United States Code (U.S.C.) and individual state criminal codes define the parameters of incarceration, such as the maximum and minimum sentences that can be imposed for particular crimes.

People can be incarcerated for various reasons, including committing crimes or violating the terms of their probation or parole. Incarceration is often a difficult experience that can have significant impacts on a person's mental and physical health, as well as their ability to earn a living, maintain relationships, and participate in society.

The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, which has been interpreted by courts to require that incarceration conditions meet certain basic standards, such as providing adequate medical care, nutrition, and access to exercise and religious practices.

  • A person who is convicted of robbery may be sentenced to incarceration in a state prison for a period of five years.
  • A person who violates the terms of their probation by failing a drug test may be incarcerated in a county jail for a short period of time.

These examples illustrate how incarceration is used as a punishment for committing a crime or violating the terms of probation. The length of the incarceration can vary depending on the severity of the crime or violation. Incarceration can have a significant impact on a person's life, including their ability to work, maintain relationships, and participate in society.

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i've heard great things about UVA! I visited upenn and hated it so much / felt so uncomfy there and the starbucks by campus got robbed while i was there waiting for my tour to start lol
@OptimisticOutlier That sounds terrible, I'm sorry you had to experience that lol. Can I ask what made you feel uncomfortable? Like the sketchy vibes of the city or like the camp\us itself etc.?
penn is in a nice area
right next to drexel
it was campus itself, honestly i can't explain what it actually is. I felt the same way when I was touring schools for undergrad, pretty much pulled up to upenn and told my mom i knew i didn't like it and didn't need to take the tour lol
would argue with the nice area piece lol i think all of philly is kinda scary, someone pulled a gun on my team while we were down for a football game at upenn and walking around at night
but that said, i'm pretty happy i moved to pa after school and i know lots of people love upenn!
dear god is that sketchy
definetly safer than how its being described
people are absolutely crwzy
yeah yeah will 10000% agree i've had like bad outlier experiences lol
u are the optimistic outlier after all
how do i tell my boss im quitting and need to take off on monday (visiting ND on monday to meet with dean and check the vibes, was gonna put in my 2 weeks regardless
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believe it or not i didn’t miss any calls
Lol all of philly is a dumpster fire
Yet i am moving there for law school in 14 days lol
@OptimisticOutlier: congratulations!!!
I live in that area. It isn't bad at all
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