Overcrowded Prisons

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One of the biggest issues with America’s prison system is overcrowding. Overcrowding affects the cost of incarceration and the mentality of prisoners. However, the issue has yet to be seriously addressed. In fact, many politicians claim that mass incarceration has led to a dramatic decline in crime, citing statistics from the 1990s, when crime rates fell by almost 40 percent. However, further research has proven that mass incarceration has little effect on crime rates. It does nothing but create overcrowded prisons. In fact, as of 2013, Nebraska’s prisons were at 149.98% capacity. The cost to keep these prisoners healthy amounts to $80 billion dollars per year, or, $35,000 per prisoner.
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