While an alternative approach to the controversy attempts to bring the opposing sides together. Some people believe that building more prisons will solve the problem of prison overcrowding. Today's prisons are so full that "only one criminal is jailed for every one hundred violent crimes committed" ("Punishment"). Over half of America's currently convicted felons are not even sentenced to prison, partly because judges know that the prisons are full. The problem of prison overcrowding forces most violent prisoners to serve less than half their sentence ("Punishment").
In fact, as of right now United States is number one for the most imprisonments in every year. What other countries can do to help the United States is transport prisoners to ally countries so there can be room for more; monitor prison overcrowding, examine best practices, and look how to alleviate jail overcrowding. A major reason for overcrowding is the imperfections of the justice system. Prison overcrowding impacts all criminal justice systems. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...conclusion, if other countries work with United States to help prisons be more diplomatic, and less crowded, there would be more room in them for the people that actually deserve to be there.
Even though prison overcrowding may help prisons make money from its inmates. Prison overcrowding has resulted in an increased number of dangerous prisons, prisons are less sanitary, and the cost to house inmates has increased. Throughout the years that prisons have been in operations we have seen many issues arise when it comes to maintaining prisons on a budget. According to the Cheat Sheet article the cost of housing inmates varies from state to state. The average cost per inmate was $31,286 a year in order to take care of them (The Cheat Sheet).
Researchers have determined that some of the causes of prison overcrowding are harsher penalties for criminal activities, changes to laws that make new actions illegal, high recidivism rates and needed improvements to the penal system. Overcrowding in prisons causes many problems, which is why it is a serious concern in the U.S. Once the causes of crowding have been established, researchers can begin to address the problems it causes and deal with them. However, the best way to solve the problems created by overcrowding is by eliminating overcrowding (Chamberlain). Living conditions in a prison are among the chief factors determining a prisoner’s self-esteem and dignity. Prisoners who experience humane detention conditions will be more willing and able to respond to rehabilitative programs.
There is no way that prisoners will become better people if they don’t have rehabilitation programs to help them; Mrs. Prescott stressed that there is hope for everyone. At FMC Rochester, they take in a lot of white collar criminals. After they spend some time in prison, these white collar criminals pick up on traits from other inmates. From time to time inmates leave prison more likely to commit a violent crime than when they arrived there. Often, rehabilitation programs are poorly funded, and large numbers of people believe that people are sent to jail or prison only to be punished.
Crime has been around for continuous years and is affecting our world every second of the day. Consequences of committing crime can range from a small fine, jail time, community service or even imprisonment. A prisons purpose is to penalize the criminal for committing crime and to hopefully stop them from committing crime in the future. In the book “The Richer Get Rich and the Poor Get Prison,” criminologist Franklin Zimring stated that growth of imprisonment is responsible for the decline in crime. I do agree with Zimring, but I also have a few thoughts that don’t agree with Zimring.
In the attempt to decrease of the amount of the money spent in correction many states passed a host of sentencing reform that place more people convicted of nonviolent crimes in a community based and treatment program which reduce the prison population tremendously and allowed many prisons to be closed. With so many prisons closed, politics see a need for expanded treatment programs and strong community based as his or her options for judges during trail. Contrasting the role of crime and the role of politics is important because it allow issues to be seen from both sides and how one can affect the other. It also allow failure or improvement to be seen with... ... middle of paper ... ...them to work. A hulk is an abandoned ship that the English converted to hold convicts during a period of prison crowding between 1776 and 1790.
These practices lead to limited abilities to reduce our prison population numbers. The type of drug offenses range from misdemeanor offenses of being under the influence of illicit drugs to felony offenses such as possession/transportation or sale of illicit drugs. The prisons become overpopulated with more nonviolent offenders with the current laws. Another contributing factor to the increased number of minori... ... middle of paper ... ... REFERENCES Conyers, Jr., J. (2013).
Guards need to pay more attention to the well being of the inmates and start to notice signs of abuse and address them. These are just a few of the many problems in our prison systems that need to be addressed. Overcrowding in our state and federal jails today has become a big issue. Back in the 20th century, prison rates in the U.S were fairly low. During the years later due to economic and political factors, that rate began to rise.
Bail is usually granted in a civil arrest. Courts have greater discretion to grant or deny bail in the case of persons under criminal arrest, e.g., it is usually refused when the accused is charged with homicide. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides that "excessive bail shall not be required," but it does not provide any absolute right to bail. Between 1979 and 1989, the prison population of England and Wales grew rapidly, 78% were attributed to the number of unconvicted persons awaiting trial. The overcrowdin... ... middle of paper ... ...law but it does increase the prison population.