The Negative Effects Of Incarceration

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The wrongdoings of others have affected many around us, maybe even ourselves, since mankind. The subject can even display many sub-topics, which also strike some controversy with the people of the United States. This subject is very hard to find facts, a lot of articles and writing are biased opinions. I am going to show both sides of the argument, to show my readers the good and bad effects of incarceration.

With the costs of crime so low, it makes sense that many people choose to engage in a lot of criminal activity. Many observers say that the solution to America 's crime problems is obvious; increase the expected costs of engaging in criminal activity. This can be accomplished by raising the likelihood of punishment and the severity of penalties for criminal offenses. “...Of the burglaries committed, less than 7 percent result in an arrest. Of those arrested, 90 percent are prosecuted. Of those prosecuted, 53 percent are convicted. Of those convicted, 42 percent are sent to prison. If we multiply those probabilities together, we find that a burglar has only a 1.4 percent probability of doing prison time.” This statement concludes that with the probability of actually doing prison time is low, this can motivate criminals to do the act on their law breaking thoughts even more. Most criminals usually pick the easiest way to succeed
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Some say that prisons are fundamental in learning to overcome the thought process of crimes participated in, in the past. While others believe that it can form more harmful effects than positive. This subject is an ongoing topic in today’s society, and is a very biased subject. I think by writing this paper, and showing both sides of the argument, that this can help people unbiasedly decide whether the effects of incarceration is hurting our country or benefiting from
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