Crank and Timothy Brezina mention how some inmates have adjusted to life behind bars and do not view their time in prison as severe punishment. The perceived punitiveness of prisons vary from every prisoner. James Austin states that deterrence is a key concept that assumes the threat, or the actual pain of imprisonment will serve to either reduce crime in general or reduce the recidivism of individual offenders. But, it seems to be that the purpose of prison does not seem to be getting through to some individuals. Although the focus of these studies is on the perceived severity of imprisonment relative to other sanctions, the overall conclusion that can be drawn from the findings is that punishments, including prison time, ‘‘have different impacts on different people’’ ("Prison Will Either").
We need to stop treating inmate like children, and treat them more like the adults that they are, and in the juvenile justice system, the repeat offenders need to be treated more like their adult counterparts, because otherwise they will be in the system for a very long time, because they will not learn that crime does not pay, but that being a good citizen does. Isn’t it the goal of the justice system to try to keep people from committing crime, and if they do that those people should be punished? Is it not the goal to have those in the system get rehabilitated so that they are not repeat offenders, and if they are repeat offenders, that we should make it harder on those that are repeat offenders so that they learn to stay out of
Prison overcrowding is a serious issue that is rapidly growing in the United States. Since the 19th Century it has been plaguing the criminal justice system and has rolled over to our modern prison system. Overcrowding is more complex than what people see on the outside looking in. There are multiple reasons that contribute to the increase population of inmates. Throughout the years, there has been an ongoing debate on what the causes are and how they can be improved.
If we increase sentences it will prevent crime because people do not want to spend so much of their life behind bars. It will also help with crime decreasing because once a criminal has committed a crime and has been caught they will spend longer time in jail. This will have them off the streets longer, preventing them from committing crimes, as well as it will give them more time to reflect about their decisions and have a look into their future and see where they what to be, instead of where they are now. “Offenders experience maturation while incarcerated, and older offenders are less likely to re-offend” (Shaw, 2011). Longer sentencing will give criminals time to mature, reflecting on t... ... middle of paper ... ...as been committed.
This system would work well since it keeps those with a lesser charge out of the already-crowded jail but keeps it easy to get them into the system when a more serious crime is committed. Prisons need constant upkeep to make sure dangerous prisoners are secure in their cells and unable to escape into society where they then have the opportunity to harm innocents, but what if we are putting these innocents into the prison right alongside the more dangerous prisoners. Just because people are convicted of minor crimes does not mean they deserve a punishment that will put them into a system which would potentially ruin their lives. The possessors of drugs, embezzlers, con artists, all of these petty criminals, are currently sentenced to prison time if caught in many states. Instead of putting those that made small mistakes in prison with murderers and rapists, why not senten... ... middle of paper ... ...harged with minor crimes to not be imprisoned.
The Incarceration Nation Incarceration was established to reform the guilty, making them safer for society. However, this system has faced many obstacles. Over the years the incarcerated population has grown significantly. The United States has become the leading country in incarcerated population, creating the mass incarceration epidemic. Mass incarceration meaning that the United States’ prisons are becoming greatly overcrowded.
Statistics show that well educated criminals are less likely to relapse into a life of crime and are more likely to continue using their learned skills, even if they have been granted life without parole. Although some claim that “getting rid” of Louisiana’s worst criminals gives the public peace of mind, this peace of mind comes at a tremendous cost. The extra money spent on the death penalty could be spent on other means of achieving justice and making the community safer: compensation for victims, better lighting in crime areas, more police on the streets, even longer periods of incarceration for certain offenders, or projects to reduce unemployment. Quite a few jurisdictions with the death penalty have recently had to cut back on other vital services. In some states, people are being released from prison early as a cost saving measure.
Also, they view imprisonment as a deterrent against future crimes. For example, if a law-breaker sees his friend imprisoned for a crime he committed, then the other party will be less willing to break the law and end up in prison as well. Furthermore, punishment itself would satisfy most of society when the criminal is imprisoned. Prison offers law-breakers a chance to receive drug treatment, educational benefits, and as stated before, a chance at rehabilitation. Also, incarceration costs less than leaving criminals out of prisons because the cost of housing inmates is less than the cost of their crimes incur.
While these reforms would not work for every person who commits a crime they would work for the vast majority. This is why a system of requirements would be set in place so that those who truly are a danger to society will not be released. Also those who are not willing to strive for a better life will not be given these opportunities. Only those who do not waste the opportunities offered should be able to continue to receive these benefits. Through all of the above we can begin to rehabilitate inmates to become functioning members of society and not just a pull on already stretched tax dollars.
In the past, minimum sentencing laws were useful due to the fact that crime rates wer... ... middle of paper ... ...e goal or objective. With the change to prisoner reentry programs, the high recidivism would drastically decrease due to the fact that the programs would be federally funded and supported therefore, inmates would have a higher chance for success. After all, we are all human, and no one deserves to be tricked into plea bargain due to the prosecutor’s pushing their own agendas, or because of mental issues derived from solitary confinement. Most of all, how is someone supposed to support himself or herself if they don’t have a backbone support from reentry programs. The criminal justice system needs to undergo reformation and address the real reasons to high crime rates and inmate failures to sustain a successful life after the time they served.