Remarkable Court Decision And The Future Of Prisons In America, By Jonathan Simon

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From healthcare to personal safety, inmates are suffering illnesses, abuse, excessive sentences, and maltreatment at an astronomical rate. There has been a vast debate on the issue. There are many arguments for lesser prison sentences and better prison conditions. Mass Incarceration on Trial, A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America, written by Jonathan Simon, illustrates how our nation has become far removed from treating prisoners as human beings who deserving dignity and our nation has failed to properly address this grossly flawed prison system; particularly California. We as a society know very little about mass incarceration and the atrocities that happen behind the concrete walls of the numerous prisons in …show more content…

Now, approximately four decades later we are in the precipice of yet again a “new common sense”. Unlike the last approach, this will put the human dignity of prisoners back at the constitutional center of the Eighth Amendment, have better approaches to handling mental illnesses that can lead to incarceration, and effective crime prevention strategies. Simone’s use of the federal court challenges and decisions in his book ultimately shows us a way to legally dismantle mass incarceration and prompts our society to examine and change our view of incarceration and our response to …show more content…

Such message has peaked the interest of the general public and rising politicians. He further suggests that if other members of society come to feel that mass incarnation and its consequences resemble Jim Crow laws, slavery, and the treatment of Native Americans, they will have to reshape the constitution to effectively achieve

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