California’s 714 capital prisoners cost $184 million more per year than those sentenced to life without parole. Capital crime cases have many aspects which increases the cost. Qualified lawyers are needed to work on these cases, and due to the limited amount of capable attorneys, the prisoners are forced to wait to have an attorney assigned to their case (Williams 2 of 2). These special state appointed attorneys cost the state up to $300,000 to represent each death row inmate on appeal (Williams 1 of 2). The long wait drives up the cost of the case along with the increase of time ... ... middle of paper ... ... execute should not be made lightly, and tests should be done to ensure the right person is being punished for the crime that was committed.
Injustice in The Prison System “Today we have the highest rate of incarceration in the world,” (Stevenson). The prison population in the U.S. has grown extremely fast over the past three decades. With almost “six million people on probation or parole,” it is clear that there is a problem with our prison system (Stevenson). I believe the prison system in the United States is outdated and unjust because of unfair sentencing, racial discrimination, and the privation of the prison system. Under the current prison system, many offenders of nonviolent crimes are getting much longer sentences than actually necessary.
Those who do receive prison sentences for nonviolent crimes are incarcerated for less than two years compared to the five plus years in the United States. Overall because Germany and the Netherlands send less people to jail each year, they are able to enroll every prisoner into a rehabilitation program which greatly reduces the risk of re-incarceration. Through these rehabilitation programs, prisoners not only receive free health care and therapy for possible mental illnesses but also receive jobs in which they work to help better their
83.4 percent of these people received the punishment that was mandatory under sentencing laws. According to the United States Sentencing Commission between October 2012 and September 2013, 27.6 percent of drug offenders were locked up for crimes related to marijuana. The drug policies in both state and national government are not flexible enough. Spending tax payer dollars to incarcerate drug users who don’t get the help they need is a waste of money. The recidivism rate of prisoners continues to rise.
(Wilson, 2014) Prison reforms cost billions of dollars and California had a deficit of $40 billion. They just cannot afford rehabilitation needs of the parolees (Moore, 2009). Without properly supplying the resources and programs these ex-offenders need upon release, they will end up back where they started and possibly re-committing crimes ending back up in prison and continuing the cycle of prison overcrowding. Instead of creating more and more prisons to hold these offenders, they should focus this money on programs for parolees or probationers to utilize in the effort of turning their life around and getting the needed assistance for that
“Some 80 percent of the men and women behind bars – some 1.4 million individuals – are seriously involved with drug and alcohol abuse.”(prisonpolicy.org). This is a sad statistic, especially considering that substance and alcohol abuse are now regarded as mental illness. It seems that instead of incarcerating these low level criminals we should help them. The cost of keeping these people in prison is not cheap either. The Vera Institute of Justice reported that forty states spent thirty nine billion dollars in one year on prisons and prisoners, a yearly average of $31,286 per prisoner (Vera.org).
Drug violators are a major cause of extreme overcrowding in US prisons. In 1992, 59,000 inmates were added to make a record setting 833,600 inmates nationwide (Rosenthal 1996). A high percentage of these prisoners were serving time because of drug related incid... ... middle of paper ... ... decided that it is a valid and necessary solution to our countries drug problem. By implementing such a program the American population can use its money and resources to combat the problem through the legal system. Legalization will decrease violent crime associated with drug dealers, it will decrease the number of users and will lower the wasteful cost which is connected with the current system.
Our legal system has to pay more money in order to accommodate our older inmates because they require more medical needs. The Criminal justice system is spending a significant amount of money on our elderly sick inmates even though they are unable to commit any more crimes, leading to more problems in the system. Since most states have cracked down on criminal behaviors the population among prisons has risen in the last decade. In some prisons the population has risen as much as six times “The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, with 756 prisoners per 100,000 of the population”(Turner). Our aging inmate populations in our criminal justice system older than fifty are more than likely to have up to three chronicle diseases while incarcerated.
Drug policies stemming from the War on Drugs are to blame, more specifically, the mandatory minimum sentencing mandates on petty drug charges that have imprisoned millions of non-violent offenders in the last three decades. Since this declaration of war, the percentage of drug arrests that result in prison sentences (rather than probation, dismissal, or community service) has quadrupled, resulting in an unprecedented prison-building boom (Wyler, 2014). There are three main reasons mandatory minimum sentencing laws must be reformed: (1) They impose unduly harsh punishments on relatively low level offenders, leading to the mass incarceration epidemic. (2) They have proven to be cost ineffective fiscally and in crime and drug use reduction. (3) They perpetuate a racially segregated criminal justice system that destroys communities and discourages trust
More citizens will resort to crime to provide for their families in times of great need. People will struggle even more to provide for their loved ones and resort to alternatives to provide for them. Even though increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 will help 900,000 people tremendously, It will severely devastate those citizens and their families who lose their job to help pay for the increased wages. This is not the first time that the federal minimum wage has been proposed to be increased. From 2007 to 2009, the minimum wage increased from $5.15 to $7.25, where is still ... ... middle of paper ... ...ect all Americans, those making minimum wage and those with salaried jobs making above the bare minimum.