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Prison Overcrowding

A presentation on the causes, effects, and possible solutions to the problems of prison overcrowding.

Mateo Bray

on 19 May 2011

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Prison Overcrowding An analysis of the causes, effects, and possible
solutions to the problems of our nation's inflating
prison systems. Created by Matthew Bray Brought to you by Prezi How does prison overcrowding affect me?
Why should I care? What can I do about it?
Who's to blame? Is there a solution? Keep these questions in mind
as I continue the presentation. Did you know, that for every 99
adults in the US, there is one
in jail? And when there are this many prisoners,
there is a necessity for money to fund the
accomodations. And where does this money come from? Let's take a deeper look. And where does that money go? Our state governments are paying an average of 80 dollars a day on one prisoner. And to remind you... There are 311,379,980 people in the
United States today... That's at least 251,620,185.86 dollars for the United States every day, spent on prisoners. But what can we do about it? Petitioning our legislature to make some
changes that would effect the prison systems
would be a solution, perhaps. We could start by thinking of both
fiscally and socially acceptable
possibilities. One idea, would be to either legalize
marijuana, or simply make it a misdemeanor.
Right now, it is usually a felony. Or, easing the sentencing
of cooperative, non-violent
offenders. More community
service is always an option. The cost to monitor convicts on parole or probation is only three to four dollars a day, much less than
80 dollars a day to be squeezed into a prizon cell. Rehabilitation programs,
to prevent recidivism, will
help promote long-term
recovery. Newly developed electronic monitors such as wrist or ankle bracelets are so advanced that they can keep a 24/7 watch on offenders and even detect when the wearer consumes alcohol. One such program is the Alternative to Incarceration Program, which completed its first year in 2010. This program involves the use of work details, electronic monitoring, weekend incarceration, and work-release programs. The electronic monitoring devices are paid for by the inmates. This program, centered in Cape May county, Washington, saved taxpayers one million dollars, as reported by officials What we really
have to focus on
is preventing recidivism
and... BREAKING THE CYCLE About 2/3 of today's prisoners are currently on parole or probation. Sounds like a step in the right direction. We can save money, and deal
with prison overcrowding if we
go about it the right way. But how do we know what's "right?" It's called the 8th amendment. "...excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." And in my opinion, when we throw
as many people as we have square feet
in a concrete warehouse, we push
the limits of this amendment. And when prison facilities
start authorizing the use of Holding cages Violent prisoner restraint chairs Concertina wire Tear gas canisters Gas grenades Mini-14 and 9 millimeter rifles ...and 12 guage shotguns... Everything starts To spiral. Some people, like senatorial candidate Ellen Craswell,
are pushing the death penalty. Craswell stated at a conference, "We can expand the use of the death penalty for rape in the first degree, and we need to shorten the appeals period for the death penalty.” That is, Kill more people
Kill them faster Craswell isn't the only one resorting to drastic measures. The state of New York has decided to put the overflow of inmates at the jail on Riker's Island on massive ships by the island as a temporary incarceration alternative. Florida is putting their overflow inmate population in tents; a canvas tent is much cheaper than a solid, secure prison cell. Michigan, Colorado, Hawaii, and Arizona have also sent their inmates on camping trips, to deal with budget crises. One man from California wants to deport all of the convicted illegal immigrants before they do time in the states. Is this okay? California is facing many problems.
They have the largest corrections system in the nation. There ARE about 19,000 non-citizen inmates currently in the state... In fact, in 2009, 1/4 of our prison population nationally, were non-citizens. And it should also be mentioned that California spends around 9 BILLION DOLLARS every year on corrections... So should we deport as many convicted non-citizens as possible before putting them in our prisons? No, because if we're going to arrest them and convict them, we have to be the ones to punish them. Uncle Sam doesn't "tattle tell." WHAT'S THE BIG PICTURE? Determining the difference between
what's RIGHT, and what's EFFICIENT Keeping tabloid journalism declaring crazy headlines such as "Masked murderer strikes again" from terrorizing our citizens into wanting to have an overly-complex, overly-consequensive prison system. Keeping judges who are subject to political and societal pressures from upping the ante on sentencing to ensure the approval of others. So.... It takes morality, logic, intelligence, and a little bit of common sense on everybody's behalf. We can fix our prison system. We can save money in doing so. We can save lives. We can make our country a better place. THE END
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