Essay On Mass Incarceration

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Mass Incarceration America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, outstripping Cuba, Rwanda, Thailand, Costa Rica and Ukraine. The United States is the world’s leader incarceration. There are currently five-thousand prison facility, which in habit over 2 million prisoner. There has been a 500% increase over the past thirty years. These numbers include, federal and state prison, and local jails. . For decades the United States had a pretty stable prison population, but that changed in the 1970's from the rising concerns over crack cocaine and other drugs, resulting in huge increases in drug penalties; a move to mandatory minimum sentences; and the implementation of other tough-on-crime policies, such as "three-strikes" laws and policies to ensure prisoners served at least 85 percent of their sentences. These harsher sentencing law coupled with dramatic increase and drug penalties in the fear of crime, of and wanting to keep these menace to society in prison forever. Added up to a state and federal prison population of 1.5 million, up from 200,000 in 1973. These are some of the factors that lead up to mass …show more content…

Fear of crime refers to the fear of being a victim of crime. Fear of crimes is very prevalent in society the extent of the fear of crime depends on many things: such as the persons age, sex, past experiences with crime and law enforcement. In addition, some of the other things that play a role are the neighborhood, ethnicity, social and economic background. As stated in the book, “The idea that prison, by separating dedicated criminals from vulnerable potential victims is both necessary and sufficient to repress the worst kinds of crime". Potential victims of crimes saw prison as a way of separating themselves from viscous criminals. They felt that there was a need for longer sentences and tougher laws to prevent "viscous monsters" from getting out of prison to commit more

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