Supreme Court Examines Overcrowding in California Prison . Retrieved April 15, 2012, from PBS: Public Broadcasting Service News Hour: from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/july-dec10/scotus_11-30.html Specter, D. (2010). Everything Revolves Around Overcrowding:. Berkley : Federal Sentencing Reporter. Thompson, D. (2011, July 4).
With the constant flow of convicts streaming into prisons, the prison system has become over flooded with more inmates than the government has room for. According to Michael McLaughlin, Since, 2004 the federal prisons has incarcerated over thirty nine percent more convicts than the buildings are designed for, and this percentage keeps growing with each passing year, and in 2012, most systems housed an astonishing average of about forty one percent of inmates over the premeditated limit. This crisis is causing an overwhelming amount of risk to the guards working the prisons, the inmates who are being stored like can of sardines, and to the taxpayers’ wallet. I propose that the adequate solution for overcrowded prisons is to pass a national bill to host a show where the violent and older prisoners fight to the death until one stands, process the dead bodies, sell the meat them to African and Australian tribes for governmental profits, and the unused meat will be fed to sharks and other wild scavengers. All prisoners that fit the criteria will be body cuffed, blind folded, and loaded on a train or plane to the designated deserted island to fight until the last man stands.
This lawsuit was filed in 1995 and still remains in litigation today. This lawsuit claims that inmates at the jail were denied adequate health care, safe housing, and proper sanitation facilities. MDC is not the only jail that experiences overcrowding. Many states are currently being sued by inmates for dire conditions at the facilities they were incarcerated. The increase in lawsuits file has made it necessary for the government to pass and sign the Prison Reform Litigation Act (PLRA) on April 26, 1996.
Overcrowding In Prisons Boon Or A Curse Introduction I begin by presenting a brief description of the historical circumstances, which gave rise to the overcrowding of prison in and all around the world. Next follows conceptual analysis of the causes of these historical circumstances and than we will be paying close attention to the consequences and solutions of the over population of the prisons. The increasing uncontrolled growth of prisons by the prisoners has received a huge amount of attention by the scholars. The research findings studying and overlooking of the imprisonment policies had mainly had their focus on prison construction. The studies that are presently going on is on focusing the various laws (Schoon & Guetzkow, 2015).
One of the major reasons that prisons have overcrowded is that crime control strategies and legislative changes have meant longer sentencing (Mcshane, 2008). A study in 2006 showed the change in the State and Federal prison population from 1990 to 2005. In 1990 there was a total of 773,124 inmates. In 2005, that number increased to 2,186,230 (Harrison & Beck, 2006). The three- strikes laws has a great impact on the overpopulation of our prison systems because it means more life sentencing with a lesser possibility of parole for most offenders.
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Overcrowding issues are not only affect prisons but the society as a whole as well. The reason is simply because prison population directly refl... ... middle of paper ... ...ration even when they are being incarcerated inside correctional facilities is an unfortunate fact that needs to be addressed. The smuggling of illegal drugs into prison walls is a shameful fact to our correctional system and a threat to our children, friends and family. I believe that we need to look for the new alternatives in order to correct these problems. Works Cited Fleisher, M. S., & Decker, S. H. (2001).
Nationwide statistics show in most states 1 in 20 over the age of 18 are in prison, while 5 other states report 1 in 13 or 14 compared to the 1 in 180 rate for white Americans (Toth et al, 2008). As of December 31, 2009 the percentage of African American males in state and federal facilities is 41 percent compared to the 37 percent of white males (West, Sabol & Greenman, 2010). African Americans face many challenges through all stages of the criminal justice system (The Leadership Conference [TLC], 2011). In the first stage, arrest and detainment, African Americans are targeted more often by police officers than whites; they are also most often the recipients of police brutality (TLC, 2011). Even though there may not be an actual act of racial profiling, if a person or group of people feel they are being treated differently because of race then the problem exists (Toth et al, 2008).