One of the main reasons why many prisons have become overcrowded is because of states’ harsh criminal laws and parole practices (Cohen). “One in every 100 American adults is behind bars, the highest incarceration rate in the world” (Cohen). The amount of inmates in corrections systems, throughout the nation, sky-rocketed to 708 percent between 1972 and 2008. Today, there are about 145,000 inmates occupying areas only designed for 80,000 (Posner). Peter Mosko, “an assistant professor of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice” (Frazier) stated, “America, with 2.3 million people behind bars, has more prisoners than soldiers” (Frazier).
Today, half of state prisoners are serving time for nonviolent crimes. Over half of federal prisoners are serving time for drug crimes. Mass incarceration seems to be extremely expensive and a waste of money. It is believed to be a massive failure. Increased punishments and jailing have been declining in effectiveness for more than thirty years.
England and Wales endures one of the largest prison population rates with statistics showing 153 prisoners per 100,000 people (Walmsley 2013). The prison system has experienced an increase of offenders from 40,722 people in December 1991 to 84,424 in February 2013 (The Howard League for Penal Reform 2013). However, female prisoners only account for 4.6% of the prison population in 2013 (House of Commons 2013). Fortunately, the overall figure recorded in 2013 has decreased since the data received in August of 2011, when the population reached a staggering 88,179 prisoners. This upsurge was supposedly due to the remanding and incarceration of those, who were involved in the Croydon riots (House of Commons 2012).
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.
Access to post-secondary education is essential to improve the lives of non-violent offenders in the American justice system. Education has been proven to reduce recidivism rates and increase the success of an offender’s re-integration into society. In a study conducted in 1994 by the American Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly half of the 302,309 released offenders surveyed in fifteen different states were convicted of a new crime within three years of their release. This data shows that prison fails to properly rehabilitate offenders, since after prison ex-convicts continue to live in a way th... ... middle of paper ... ...and reentry. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2009.
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The middle class of developing nations has tripled in size within the last 25 years. In 2015, there were still inequalities and job growth cannot keep up with the growing labor force; over 200 million people are unemployed. Promoting policies that encourage job creation can eradicate forced labor as well as slavery and human trafficking. Technological advances have helped address global challenges: creating jobs and becoming more energy efficient. Yet, four billion people do not have internet access.
According to these statistics, the U.S has 25% of the world’s prisoners. (Rick Wilson pg.1) Our prison systems simply have too many people. To try and help fix this problem, there needs to be shorter sentences for smaller crimes. Based on the many people in jail at the moment, funding for prison has dropped tremendously. With prisons growing at the rate they are now, there must be more funding.