The problem of prison overcrowding forces most violent prisoners to serve less than half their sentence ("Punishment"). Supporters believe that the only solution to ... ... middle of paper ... ... not only reduce the number of inmates in the prison system, but would also offer rehabilitation approaches for offenders, enabling them to change their lives. This alternative method gives both supporters and opponents of building more prisons a common ground upon which to stand. It is a solution that focuses on the main problem: punishing criminals. Works Cited "And Punishment: Crime."
Studies show that treatment and crime prevention programs are more effective than incarceration. It is believed that the government is not willing to fix the main reasons why people commit crime, however instead, the government is constantly funding for prison construction which is extremely costly. Crime is defined as an illegal act that violates the law and is punishable upon conviction. (Criminal Justice and Legal Access Police Division). Any person who has been declared guilty of crime must be punished, as these punishments such as incarceration, costly fines or in some instances both.
Individuals’ who are convicted of particular crimes must be punished in accordance to the Mandatory minimums laws which state that at least the minimum sentence is required. This law weakens the Criminal Justice System in many ways. The law prevents judges from fitting the punishment and or sentence according to the individual and the circumstances of the crime committed. Due to the law’s limitation to the discretion of judges, federal and state prisons are overcrowding at the cost of taxpayers. Before this law, general sentencing of a convicted individual was decided by a judge after the individual has plead guilty or if found guilty in trial.
(Sifakis,65) This is your money. Reducing the number of non-violent offenders in our prisons and jails by half would lower the $75 billion bill by $16.9 billion a year. (Schmitt,1) Therefore, step two to change is recognizing the flaws in the system. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 83% of children now 12 years old will become victims of actual or attempted violence if crime continues at its curre... ... middle of paper ... ...ments. Only put money towards what will help build our country up not keep bringing it down, starting with the problem of mass incarceration.
Without capital punishment we would have an overflow in state and federal prisons. The overflow causes lots of problems such as the cost of feeding and health care for inmates. The death penalty is a major deterrence, which helps prevent criminals from committing certain crimes. And finally retribution, which can be, summed up in an a couple words “an eye for an eye.” I agree with capital punishment because of the cost, deterrence, and retribution. Cost is one of the major issues with the death penalty.
Putting someone in prison cost a numerous amount of money and restorative justice is by for a cheaper option. Through previous knowledge, I can tell you that the biggest difference between criminal justice and restorative justice is the central focus. Criminal justice focuses on the offender getting what they deserve whereas restorative justice focuses on the victim’s needs and the offender’s responsibility to repair the harm they caused. The criminal justice system can severely harm drug offenders because they are subjected to harden criminals who teach them about other crimes. It also leaves a permanent scratch on the offender’s record and it becomes almost impossible for them to retain a job.
5) While that sounds great in theory, the problem arises when the public is unaware of these laws. If the punishment for breaking a law in unknown, than the fear for breaking the law is nowhere to be found. According to Dr. Mulhausen, mandatory minimum drug sentences are necessary for combatting indeterminate sentences done by judges. With these indeterminate sentences, Dr. Mulhausen feared that judges were giving criminals a second chance at life at the expense of the safety of the ppublic. By doing this, criminals who should have been spending time in jail, were let free and often went on to victimize others instead of using their second chance for good.
Our tax money goes into supplying and keeping them in jail. Say the potential criminal committed a felony and it was up to the court to determine if their situation was bad enough to have them in jail, if not either other consequences such as house or parole. My potential consequences to my solution can cause a higher crime rate and costing the protection and lives of the citizens among those released out of county jail due to
“Human Rights Watch reported in 2000 that, in seven states, African Americans constitute 80 to 90 percent all of drug offenders sent to prison (Alexander, 99). This quote used from the book proves African Americans commit more offenses to be incarcerated and is becomes unsustainable when the statistics show these percentages and makes people assume that black people are the only ones committing these crimes. A great example of this would-be neighbors calling 911 on every little situation to occur instead of talking to the neighbor beforehand. They just assume there is chaos and would rather get the police involved instead of attempting to resolve the situation
It is important that law reforms do not only address criminal act but rather look into the matter of incarceration and issues associated with it with urgency as to reduce the number of incarceration rate. Tough on crime policies over the past has sent a lot of people in jail, some harsh policies have been enacted in state and federal legislature which have led to longer sentences, and three strike laws which put people in prison three times regardless of how small of the offense. Judges should lessen the number of penalties imposed on offenders for non-violent crimes. Inmates population can be reduced by reforming sentencing laws ( O ' Hear 2016). The court should find other ways of keeping them in the society, sentencing like probation, and other correctional programs can help reintegrate offenders back into the society, reduce incarceration rate and as well reduce the pressure the correction board has to go through managing crowded jails.