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.
Private prisons tend not to house costlier inmates, due to the higher cost of supervising them. Scott Merryman states that, from 1990 to 1995, the overwhelming numbers of inmates in private facilities were classified as minimum-security, and this condition is still relevant today. Public prisons consist of twenty percent maximum-security inmates compared to the five percent in private prisons. Also, public prisons have thirty-five percent of their inmates in minimum-security, while the private prisons have sixty-five percent of their inmates in minimum-security. There are states that have private prisons that choose not to have any high maximum-security inmates at all.
There are so many minor crimes committed that do not deserve sentencing. Such as "hunters who mess with a guns muzzle break, folding stock, or imported rifle can be defined as a criminal street gang and face a mandatory minimum sentence for 5 years" (Sullum). Tax payers should not
The Death Penalty Protects our Society The death penalty is a punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. William Tucker, a journalist and author of Vigilante, states that “after the death penalty was abolished, murder rates nearly tripled, rising to an all-time high in the 1980s.” Abolishing the death penalty will cause more murders in our community, and overpopulate our prisons. Many people that oppose the death penalty believe that it kills innocent people, but in reality, most innocent people are released before their sentence.
Juvenile Incarceration is an epidemic in America that has no chance of slowing down without the support and changes from the government. One problem contributing to this issue is that the justice system focuses mainly on punishing the juvenile offender through prison time, instead of taking preventative measures and supporting rehabilitation. Imprisoning juveniles is not only ineffective, as evidenced by the high recidivism rates, but it is also extremely expensive. The average annual cost of housing one juvenile in jail is $88,000. That number multiplied by the number of incarcerated juveniles, equates to an end cost to the government of approximately 21 billion dollars.
The prison situation in the US is influenced by the raw form of punishment and that criminals who are sent to prison are not seen as curable. The prison system is a private factor driven by profit and is in no shape or form a way of rehabilitating the prisoners. Today penitentiaries are a very costly process that has a chance of both being less expensive and helping the criminals to a better life. It’s all based on one idea already being implemented in other parts of the world, the idea to rehabilitate the criminals rather than only punishing them.
Not to mention how costly and the amount of time it would take to set up a new facility for the detainees. If at some point the United States decides to create another facility for these terrorists, it would be a waste of time because there is already a facility in which they are treated well and there would be no funds to support the creation of a new prison for the detainees. No American citizen would
The American Government is made up of three branches: judicial, legislative, and executive. Americans are very fortunate to have a judicial system in the United States, which is based on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The same problems still happen today in 2018 that happened in 1957 when the movie Twelve Angry Men by MGM was made. Common reasons jury duty is not popular include taking time off work, not getting the same amount of pay as if one is at work, and simply just not wanting to be there. People will always be biased from their own experiences.
“The danger that innocent people will be executed because of errors in the criminal justice system is getting worse. A total of 69 people have been released from death row since 1973 after evidence of their innocence emerged. Twenty-one condemned inmates have been released since 1993, including seven from the state of Illinois alone. Many of these cases were discovered not because of the normal appeals process, but rather as a result of new scientific techniques, investigations by journalists, and the dedicated work of expert attorneys, not available to the typical death row inmate. ”(Innocence and the Death Penalty:
Emma Damare Professor Jones English 103 5 February 2018 Death Penalty: More Harmful than Helpful The death penalty has been around causing problems for decades, starting before the 1800’s and still creating issues today. The only people who gain anything from having the death penalty is the government. This is because they determine whether or not the inmate is “curable” from their possible mental sickness based on the crime they commit. Some inmates get out for good behavior or parole, but the rest aren’t given a second chance at life.
However, the penalty stands to be only temporary. Studies have shown that only seventy-one percent of those released from prison are convicted of a serious crime within only three years after their releasement ( ). Is prison housing the criminals or teaching them? A correctional facility is built to correct and rehabilitate, however prison systems in America appear to be only a short stop before the production of the criminals grand plan. The majority of those who are sentenced to prison have a high rate of returning due to their difficulty in gaining a position with a self-sustaining wage and a lack knowledge on a life without crime.
Race, Class, and Incarceration The main goal of the U.S. law enforcement has been to make the world a safer place but in the process of making the world a safer and “better” place there have been quite some downfalls. One of those many downfalls would have to be the American prison system. In today’s society police enforcement has given so much focus on prosecuting street crime while failing to acknowledge white-collar crime and other major crimes that occur every day.
Joey Arbuckle Mr. Lealos English II, 2 17 September 2015 Capital Punishment Only 13 of 800 total prisoners sentenced to the death penalty in California have been . The amount of money spent keeping these prisoners on death row for all these years is over $4 billion (End the death penalty in California 2012). From having the death penalty, California has been wasting tax-payer’s money on repeal and living costs. California should abolish the death penalty because the prisoners cost too much and it does not deter criminals.
People often are guilty of letting things that are out of sight be out of their mind, but human rights should not be something overlooked. The imprisoned mentally ill has been often overlooked and there voices are not heard as they struggle everyday in inhumane conditions. The eight amendment states that no cruel and unusual punishments is to be inflicted upon the prisoners. Is the United Sates prison systems treating mentally ill prisoners according to the eight amendment? The largest prison rates belong to the United states and of those imprisoned, around the world, they are ten times more likely to be suffering from a mental illness (Mills, 2007).
They house out of state inmates to make extra money and charge a per diem or a monthly rate for each prisoner. CCA tried to gain full control of all the prison system of Tennessee but they were declined due to the opposition from public employees, disagreement and the skepticism of the state legislature. After the initial defeat at first, CCA still ended up successfully expanded and has other for-profit prison companies.