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Prison Reform In America

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cody lindeman

on 27 April 2010

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Prison Reform In America A Need For Reform Prisons drain over 60 billion government dollars a year The incarcerated population in the country has now exceeded well over 2 million men and women. Non-violent criminals are put alongside
murderers an rapists
16 percent of all inmates are known to have some type of mental problem or complication an recieve no treatment 80 percent of all jailing are related to the abuse of a substance Little to no screening is done to prevent disease spread which now more responsible for inmate deaths than homicides. 3/4 of drug offenders in state prisons are non-violent offenders 47.5% of all drug arrests in the U.S. were fore marijuana offenses Possible Solutions The entire system must be completely revised starting with putting only the right people in jail. Senator Patrick Lehay, who is member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said, “As a former prosecutor, I believe strongly in securing tough and appropriate prison sentences for people who break our laws. But it is also important that we do everything we can to ensure that, when these people get out of prison, they enter our communities as productive members of society, so we can start to reverse the dangerous cycles of recidivism and violence” Create more programs for criminals being released back in to society Substance abusors should be placed in rehabilitation centers, not prisons. The only individuals who should ever see the inside of a jail or prison cell are those who have trampled on any of the basic rights of another individual. Life
Property The federal government spends approximately $80,000 dollars to build one cell, and $25,000 per year to keep a prisoner locked up Two-thirds of all parolees are rearrested within 3 years Conclusion A major reform is needed within the United States prison and correctional systems to ensure a safer and healthier future for all citizens. If we want to better our nation and get out of the recession we are currently in, we can start with fixing everything about our correctional system. A healthy prison system means a healthy nation, therefore all should care and take action to revolutionize our prison systems. We all bear responsibility for creating correctional institutions that are safe, humane, and productive.
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