Prison Overcrowding

Prison Overcrowding


The problem of overcrowding in our prisons
I. Prison population
A. U.S. incarceration rate
1. The growth average
2. Justice system
B. Inmate characteristics
1. Type of inmate
2. Prevention, education
II. Deterrence
A. Childhood programs
1. Where crime starts
2. How to prevent crime and were to get help
B. Recidivism
1. Three strikes your out
2. Mandatory sentences
III. The non – violent criminal
A. Drug offense?s and prison population
1. Drug treatment programs
2. Rehabilitation
B. Lowering recidivism
1. Philosophy of drug courts
2. Use of the military
Conclusion: Prison is for punishment as well as rehab illation

Overcrowding of prisons

The u.s. incarceration rate is the highest in the world! As the prison population has been rapidly expanding with a growth average of 5 percent a year. Acording to Meek, J.G “Currently there are over 1,987,000 inmates incarcerated across the U.S.” (pg 1) this amounts to about one of every 147 Americans are living in prisons. Of that amount Florida houses 4,519 confirmed alien inmates. That?s 6.2% of Floridas inmate population, which draws $129 million from the federal government annually.
Our justice system has failed to put a dent in the reduction of crime. Solely because most Americans want a quick fix solution. Building more prisons and locking them up and forgetting about them is not a quick fix, someone has to care for these offenders. Building more prison leads to more of

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