Discussion Questions about Prisons

The word “prison” can have many different connotations or definitions depending on your perspective. In general, prisons are places where people who commit crimes go and serve their time as punishment.

They also provide rehabilitation for inmates so that when they get out of jail they can live normal lives again.

What questions should we asking ourselves about prisons, and how can we reflect on them more deeply to create a society that values all people equally.

These are some of the questions about Prison I hope this blog post will help you reflect on.

Questions about Prisons

Prisons have four major purposes. These purposes are retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Retribution means punishment for crimes against society.

  1. What come to your mind when you hear the word prison?
  2. What’s the difference between a jail and a prison?
  3. What is the purpose of prison?
  4. Do you think that prison are effective?
  5. What do prisoners do every day?
  6. Do you think people leave prison being better people?
  7. Would you like to work in a prison?
  8. Do you think prisons are dangerous places?
  9. What are some of the most dangerous prisons in the World?
  10. What countries has the most dangerous prisons?
  11. Have you ever visited someone in a prison?
  12. What would you miss the most if you were in prison?
  13. Do you think prison sentences are too strict or too lenient in your country?
  14. Are modern day prisons too comfortable in your opinion?
  15. Do you believe in the death penalty?
  16. What types of jobs do prisoners have?
  17. Have you watched Prisons Documentaries?
  18. Have you watched the Inside the World Toughest Prisons Documentary?
  19. What do you think about people who have been wrongfully convicted?
  20. Have you listened to the Second Chance podcast by Raphael Lowe?


America is currently the home of 2.2 million prisoners, which means that 1 out of every 100 American adults is incarcerated.

You don’t want to get locked up! Prison can be scary places with little hope or opportunity for rehabilitation.

If you’re a law-abiding citizen, then you shouldn’t be concerned about ending up there however you can think about ways to rectify the situation for future generations of inmates who deserve better than this.

Prisons shouldn’t be a place where more injustices happen.

More ESL Conversation Questions

If you are looking for more resources to practice your English skills or have meaningful conversations with your students, I’ve compiled a list of some posts with conversation questions.

Check them out before your leave

  1. Conversation Questions about Jobs
  2. Questions about Dreams
  3. Questions about Hobbies
  4. Conversation Questions about Pets
  5. Conversation Questions about Friends
  6. Conversation Questions about School
  7. Questions about Honesty
Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English