Prison Reform

The topic of prison reform in America has always been a very touchy issue because of how controversial it was. There has always been arguments over whether the system we have set up in our country is effective or not, and both sides bring various perspectives on the issue to the table. It has been of interest to me because those who support their respected side bolster their claims with strong facts and data. There are also outrageous statistics about prison reform that support both side’s claims, but who’s right?

Many people are calling for reform because of the high volume of non-violent offenders taking up space in U.S prisons across the country. They make up about 70% of the population in prisons today, dwarfing the amount of people in prison for crimes involving murder, manslaughter, and other violent offenses. While these numbers make our prison system seem irrational, there are also some benefits to not having prison reform, such as keeping those who provide the local community with drugs off of the street and locking up those with drug addiction problems, although it would make more sense to treat prison like a rehabilitation center instead of a punishment. The right choice to make is very difficult one, but I believe the facts will provide one with all they need to know.

 

Sources:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/03/prison_reform_releasing_only_nonviolent_offenders_won_t_get_you_very_far.html

http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_federalprisonpop.pdf

 

Works Cited:

Neyfakh, Leon. “Supporting Prison Reform Is Easy. Deciding Which Prisoners to Set Free Is a Lot, Lot Harder.” N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2016.

WWW.S ENTENCINGPROJECT . ORG THE FEDERAL PRISON POPULATION: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS (n.d.): 1-3. Web. 9 Feb. 2016.