1.) After reading New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing I found most interesting that half the time Conover is in danger and scared for his life. But he must learn how to deal with the inmates and survive the spine-chilling conditions. With the United States prison population reaching a record high of over two million inmates, the system was in a crisis. It was more likely for an African American in California to go to prison rather than attending a state university.
People can’t get the education they need because colleges are too expensive. Statistics have also proven that alcohol and drug addiction affect about 20% of the homeless. Poverty is like a disease that is killing this country. What is the government doing to help save this country? For one thing, we need to make more jobs available for people who get the best education.
Introduction The rate of prison population has been increasing each year and it is causing problems not only with the prisoners but with society itself. People are being thrown into prison for petty crimes and given small to large sentences to be taught a lesson to not commit crimes. The prisons are being overcrowded with people, affecting the mental state of a person. Not only is it hurting the prisoners, but the amount of money to run a prison is increasing so we can keep the prisoners alive and well. The government is offering help that is effecting society’s bank accounts through taxes.
The presence of private prisons in America gives some groups in power an incentive to not unite the American people. These prisons exist on a capitalistic profit motive and are either required to hold a certain amount of prisoners to receive funding or are required to pay the government for every empty cell. Despite this, proponents of private prisons argue that they save the country money. While that may be true, they ruin American lives. The private sector that owns them has an incentive to lobby for mass incarceration, and unfortunately the people victimized by society are the most likely to be incarcerated and forgotten about.
But that statement could be debatable. Hyperinflation (1923) was a big problem in Germany. It was a big problem everywhere. Both rich and poor, woman and men were suffering from it severely. This is because the government printed out even more money so that he could pay off the reparations.
Losing a loved one is hard enough, but owing the government millions of dollars because of a demanding tax makes it even more devastating. The inheritance tax, also known as the death tax, is a transfer tax that can be applied when property is passed on to the next generation, based on the value of the estate. This tax is hurting our farmers and small businesses by forcing them to pay the government millions of dollars they do not have. Inheritance taxes in the United States trace back to the 18th century. These taxes have lasted throughout time, occasionally being repealed and reinstated.
Respect is a huge aspect not only between the inmates, but between the inmates and the prison staff as well. Since many prisons are not funded to support adequate treatment programs, a prisoner may feel disrespected if time is not made for them in counseling or treatment, which could in turn cause more resistance, (Kupers, 2005). Another shortfall of treatment in prisons is a concept known as a “cell-front” mental health interview, as described by Kupers, (2005). This is when an offender is in a high security unit, and cannot be moved to an office for mental health counseling. So, the prisoner has no other option but to talk to the clinician through their cell bars, next door to other prisoners who could listen in on the conversation.
The first challenge is breaking the myth that the cost of providing facilities to educate the prisoners is exceptionally high. Many in the public might be tempted to think that college education for prisoners costs millions of dollars in addition to the money already being spent on prisons. This is because the detainees will not be in a position to contribute anything towards this form of education (Stoll, Raphael, & Project Muse, 2009, p. 45). Being one of the largest costs borne by taxpayers besides budgets in defence, healthcare, and retirement benefits, it costs somewhere between $52 billion and $70 billion dollars on average for U.S. taxpayers annually and $31,238 cost per inmate; However, cost of providing a college education for an incarcerated student only costs $ 2,000 to $4,000 a year (“Breaking the Prison Cycle”) and, in the longer term, a prison education proves to be far more beneficial than harmful in terms of cost-benefit analysis. According to a research by RAND Corporation, “a $1 investment in prison education reducing incarceration costs by $4 to $5, and those who receive a prison education have 43% less change of returning to prison than inmates who do not”(“Education and Vocational Training,” 2013).
The cost of housing has sky-rocketed across the country. Many other factors play into what is actually required to live on, let alone raise a family. Furthermore, at a time of record corporate profits and all-time high CEO compensation, it is cruel that we do this to the least well off of our citizens. According to the Pew research (pewresearch), the minimum wage should be at least $12 an hour: Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage peaked in 1968 at $8.68 (in 2016 dollars). Since it was last raised in 2009, to the current $7.25 per hour, the federal minimum has lost about 9.6% of its purchasing power to inflation.
Many poor countries are poor because they are consistently fighting wars so they spend a lot of money on weapons, uniforms, food, manpower, etc. This money usually goes to the citizens or other programs but instead those funds are diverted into war-time efforts and if the country is going to be in war for long years then this might be a serious problem. Also it will be really risky to start a business in a country which is consistently in war so the country won’t develop. In 2011, world military budgets reached a total of $2,157,172,000,000 dollars. This amount of money is almost too large to be imagined.