The single most reliable factor in predicting recidivism is age. This is because signs of aging are very apparent, and easy to notice. When an inmate first arrives in jail, they stand out from the so called "veterans". The younger generation of inmates snitch on each other, steal out of lockers, cut in front of people in lunch lines, start fights, and the like. When these inmates begin to reach the age of 40-50, they will not act at all like this. They are aging, and this is the most reliable indicator in predicting recidivism.
The "three strikes" law has its pros and cons. It is a good law, because if a criminal commits a serious crime, such as murder, the only justice the family/friends of the victims have is to see the murderer suffer for the rest of his life. This law will see to it that this happens. On the other hand, what if somebody is accused of a... [continues]
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