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The laziness of the prison system is another factor. 51% of those in prison are there because of drug related charges. Instead of getting these people the help that they need, they are jailed. Maybe time in jail will change their minds and “fix them”. But without rehabilitation and treatment for drug problems along with follow ups with parole officers that lifestyle is hard to get out of.
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Prisons serve two main functions; separation and rehabilitation. Criminals cannot be allowed to walk around with everyone else without being punished; they must be separated from society. The thought of going to prison helps deter most people from crime. Rehabilitation is the main goal of prison; making a bad person into a good person by the time they are released. These seem like cut and dry functions, but as of late some believe that prisons in the United States have failed in their attempts to separate and rehabilitate.