Adlerian Holism in Prisons in the United States

This project examined the problem with America’s food sources, criminal behavior and recidivism by use of Adlerian Individual Psychology and the Sustainable Prison Project.  Brief explanations of prison and sentencing reform provoked further thought about how America came to be the country with the largest population of prisoners in the world and the widely accepted theories aimed to prove a system that is broken and attempting to problem-solve past efforts to cut populations.  Several examples were provided from Adler’s theory of personality and the impact of personality on criminal behavior.  Sustainability in prisons supports what Adler believed to be the most important goal of mankind; social interest.  In providing these examples, a common goal surfaced and with it, purposeful behavior occurred with social interest in organic gardening purposeful to both inmates and the greater society.  For Adler, it took encouragement to live with others in a communal way, which is the basis for a healthy life both mentally and physically.  This project proposed a way to encourage a population, who have not been encouraged or sought courageous ways to become members of the greater world.  This project proposed that by teaching valuable skills and training for the green movement, prisoners will become leaders in the sustainability of America. 

Mary Alton
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