18 Pukchang has ~15,000-68,000 prisoners, no. 22 Hweryong has10,000~50,000 prisoners, and no. 25 Chongjin has 5,000~5,160 prisoners. These numbers vary due to past testimonies but could also less or more today (Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, "Prisoners in North Korea Today."). According to Soon Ok Lee, a survivor from the Kaechon prison camp, testified in court “there are 200,000 political prisoners in North Korea ("A Survivor: Soon Ok Lee," Msnbc.com.)
2 Feb. 2014. < https://www.aca.org/research/pdf/ResearchNotes_Aug08.pdf> “The History of CPOF” Correctional Peace Officer Foundation.n.p.2009-2012.Web.3 Feb 2014. . United States. Dept. of US Bureau of Labor Statistics “Correctional Officer” Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014 Edition.
Not only would it be for the better of prisoners’ chances of returning to community, but also for the better of the nation economically. In James Gilligan’s article, “Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works” (2012), he discusses a study conducted regarding potential rehabilitation programs with prisoners, resulting in an impressive outcome that “reduced the frequency of violent reoffending after leaving the jail by 83 percent,” which “saved the taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent on it.” Warden Burl Cain supports this concept, claiming that “Everybody forgets what corrections means…If this person can go back and be a productive citizen and not commit crimes again, why spend the money to keep him in prison?” (The Editorial Board) The issue of overpopulation in prisons can stem from reoffend... ... middle of paper ... ...eb. 2014. . Kristof, Nicholas.
Since the mid 1900s, individuals with mental illness have been sent to jail rather than to receive proper treatment. These patients should be able to receive treatment and care because it will be increasing the safety of not only the person themselves but also others surrounding them. Every year, nonviolent people are incarcerated for crimes that do not threaten the safety of others only because they have a mental illness. Because of this, 25-30% of inmates are mentally ill (McClealland 16). To prevent this, most jurisdictions have at least one criterion that is reflected on whether or not a person is posing a danger to themselves or others.
Lewis, John. "Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System."Pathways2promise.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2014.
ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from http://www.alec.org/initiatives/prison-overcrowding/ Schmalleger, F. (2009). Criminal justice today: an introductory text for the 21st century (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.