Prison Population Raw Materials
997 wordsCurrently at least 36 states have industries which are operating within prison walls and employ inmates. Why have prisoners at work? There are four main reasons for putting inmates to work: 1) to raise revenue through the selling of goods and services made and provided by the inmates themselves; 2) to increase punishment (no more sitting around and loafing in prison all day); 3) to rehabilitate by instilling work ethics and skills that will help the inmate in the future); and 4) to better manage...
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Three Strikes And Youre Out
1,472 wordsIn 1994 California voters approved a ballot initiative known as Three Strikes and Youre Out. The law states that people who are convicted of three felonies may end up facing life in prison (Mullins). The Three Strikes law increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of felonies who have been previously convicted of a violent or serious felony, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a prison sentence. Violent offenses include murder, robbery with a dea...
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Drugs In The Prison System
382 wordsDrugs and Alcohol in the Untied State prison system In the Untied States most of the prison population are people that have been involved with Alcohol or some form of drugs. Many of them were high or drunk at the time of there arrest. Most of them only did the crimes to be able to support there drug and alcohol addiction. There were not thinking of the consciences of there actions at the time. In most cases Alcohol play more of a role in the violent crimes then people on drugs. Alcohol has playe...
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Capital Punishment Death Penalty
841 wordsToday American correction facilities experience a crisis of epic proportions. United States prisons and jails house inmates in record numbers with no relief. This situation leads many to suggest that overcrowding in prisons constitutes an important issue facing American correction reform today. One way to deal with overcrowded prisons is to enforce the death penalty. According to David Davis, infliction of the death penalty for certain secular crimes, such as murder and robbery, associates histo...
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State And Federal Prison Population
473 wordsOne of America's biggest problems today is the overcrowding of prisons. This began when the population of inmates started to soar in the 1980 's. With the increase of rapist, murderers, and drug dealers skyrocketing, there is no reason to this overpopulation. The nation responds to this by building prison at a fast pace. But the construction has not kept pace with the soaring population of inmates. The number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of Federal correctional authorise at the end of 199...
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Studies Have Shown Order To Obtain
1,586 wordsThe correlation of drugs and drug-using behavior is linked to crime in several fashions. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as illegal. Illegal drug sales is also accompanied by violence, which leads to deadlier crimes. Violence against rival traffickers influences each of us daily. More broadly, drugs bear about drug-related behavior. The generation of violence was the result of the effects of drugs. The abuser may be engaging in criminal a...
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Prison Overcrowding Violent Crimes
1,356 wordsPrisons in the United States are overcrowded. The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world. There are more than one million people in the United States that are in a correctional facility. The causes for overcrowding include little attention given to social problems, glorification of violence, an epidemic of drug abuse, and mandatory sentencing guidelines. The average cost to house a prisoner in a correctional facility is approximately $ 25, 000 per year. There is also...
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Bureau Of Justice Statistics Cognitive Behavioral
1,859 wordsPrison Rehabilitation, the Laughing-Stock of the Nation The rapid growth of the crime control industry is a frightening aspect of contemporary U. S. society. Incarceration represents the ultimate form of surveillance: 24 hours a day, within four walls, monitored by humans, by machines, restricted in their movements. Prisons are overcrowded but the crime rates still do not have a steady trend toward diminishing. So the question arises: do these prisons and other rehabilitation programs have the a...
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Criminal Justice System Deterrent To Crime
1,743 wordsIn our society's criminal justice system, justice equals punishment. You do the crime, and you do the time. Once you have done the time, you have paid your debt to society and justice has been done. Because our society defines justice in this manner, the victims of crimes often seek the most severe possible punishment for their offenders. Society tells them this will bring justice, but it often leaves them feeling empty and unsatisfied after getting what they wanted. Punishment does not address ...
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Released From Prison Million A Year
1,866 wordsCalifornia incarceration Our country has embarked on a remarkable social experiment: We have significantly increased the use of incarceration as a response to crime. Over the past 25 years, the per capita rate of incarceration in America has increased four-fold. More than 2 million individuals are now locked up in prison or jail. The increase has taken on a unique twist in California, particularly in regard to its parole policy. Unlike many other states, nearly every prisoner released in Califor...
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United States Department Bureau Of Justice Statistics
1,236 wordsOvercrowding in Jails Today, in America, some prisoners are living worse than some third world countries are for little crimes such as theft. The reason for that to happen is rather simple - too many prisoners and not enough room. This country needs to spend more money to build new prisons, or at least attempt to differentiate the people who have committed minor criminal offence (like shoplifting or vehicle theft) from those who appear to be murderers and other type of thugs. This differentiatio...
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Opposing Viewpoints Death Penalty
685 wordsIn 1979, Lawrence Singleton raped and chopped off the arms of a 15 -year-old girl named Mary Vincent in California. Singleton was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for this crime, but because of California statute he only served eight years of that sentence. When he was released in 1987, there was such uproar in California that Singleton had to be housed on the grounds of a prison because no community would accept him as an inhabitant. He moved to Florida that year, where his presence was a ...
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Bureau Of Justice Statistics Violent Offenders
1,343 wordsHello everyone, I am here to speak to you today about the Two Hundred Years of the Penitentiary project to increase public involvement in the discussion of correctional issues. More importantly, why we as citizens should be concerned about prison and jail overcrowding and the best approaches for remedying the crowding problem. One of America s biggest problems today is the overcrowding of our prisons. This is a problem we all should be concerned about. One reason why is because it is our tax dol...
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Substance Abuse Treatment Criminal Justice System
2,954 wordsUse federal tax dollars to fund these therapeutic communities in prisons. I feel that if we teach these prisoners some self-control and alternative lifestyles that we can keep them from reentering the prisons once they get out. I am also going to describe some of today? s programs that have proven to be very effective. Gottfredson and Hirschi developed the general theory of crime. It According to their theory, the criminal act and the criminal offender are separate concepts. The criminal act is ...
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Three Strikes Law Criminal Justice System
875 wordsIn recent years several mandatory sentencing laws have been put into motion. The original goals of the mandatory sentencing laws were to stop repeat offenders and to exhibit a get tough attitude on crime. These laws have not been working as intended, instead mandatory sentencing has led to some unfortunate consequences. Some of these consequences are overcrowding in prisons and less prison based rehabilitation. Mandatory sentencing laws do not narrowly target major drug traffickers. Today there ...
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War On Drugs Legalization Of Marijuana
1,458 wordsMarijuana has become one of the most controversial drugs in America. Ever since its cultivation began around 1611, marijuana has puzzled people with its effects. Many question marijuana's classification as a schedule one drug. A schedule one drug is one that has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. Some argue that the war on drugs, in particular marijuana, has cost taxpayers billions and is wasting funds that could be used on more important tasks such as improving transportation or...
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U S Population Hispanic Americans
1,463 wordsA minority group is made up of people who share a common set of cultural or physical characteristics that marks them as different from the powerful dominant group and for which they often suffer social disadvantages, because of their lack of power. As in the case of race and ethnicity, minority group membership is given by society. The most common minority groups are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Women. African Americans Low status jobs In 1997 African Americans were considered 12. ...
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Bureau Of Justice Statistics Amount Of Time
1,758 wordsBecause of the increase in crime in America, the public has demanded an increase in the amount of protection received from police. This increase in police protection has increased the incarceration level by numerous amounts within the last ten years. The number of inmates incarcerated in America is a direct cause of the policing that is going on in the streets of American cities. The method of policing has a tremendous impact on the outcome of the situation, meaning the type of policing determin...
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State Of The Art Zero Sum
910 wordsPrisons Dont Work In our society, the dual purpose of imprisonment is punishment and / or rehabilitation. Throughout the states, there is an increased prison population. For example, more than 40 states prison systems are under court orders to rectify overcrowding. Some prisons have what is called a zero sum status. A zero sum status basically means if a prison receives a new inmate, it is required to release a current inmate. If prisons are meant to hold criminals and punish them for their acti...
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Mandatory Sentencing Commit Crimes
1,164 wordsThe population increase in jails is a problem with no easy answer. Many feel the increase is the result of mandatory sentencing for drug related crimes. I also believe this is true but I don t think letting criminals back into the society is the solution. More money needs to be put into the prison systems, along with more mandatory sentencing into the legal systems. With automatic punishments individuals will be more reluctant to commit crimes especially ones considered to be drug-related acts. ...
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