Prison Overcrowding

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Prison Overcrowding

Prison overcrowding is become one of the major financial and controversial problem in the United States. The prison population is increasing rapidly, and we have only one reason the judicial system is given length sentences to cases that don’t deserve it, for example most of the offenders in the United State prison are drug cases, these sentences must be considered and most of the drug offenders should be put in rehabilitation centers instead of putting them in prison. According to the Supreme Court, “America’s prison population has more than quadrupled since 1980. A special report released by the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2007 predicts that the nation’s prison population will rise to more than 1.72 million by 2011” (Squidoo, 2012). From a comparative perspective, the number of people behind bars in the United States is striking. An even more recent report from the Pew notes “the United States incarcerated more people than any country in the world, including the far more populous nation of china.” (Squidoo, 2012). The prison overcrowding is a result of many political, social and economic issues that we have in America today. There are so many problems that occur in the U.S. from overcrowded prisons. First, according to David Beck of the San Diego Union-Tribune, it costs approximately $62.05 to house a state or federal prisoner for one day. “The annual cost of incarcerating one inmate is over $22,000 and rising. The prison budget is $8.2 billion, and an additional $2 billion to $4 billion is needed to build out the overcrowding problem” (Beck, 2012). This is more money than the state spends on higher education. With prisons exceeding their limit, this is way over their budget and causes states to fall into debt. Prisons aren’t the only ones affected financially. Taxpayers suffer from this as well; we are the ones paying for this crisis. In my point of view, prison should be the house for the people...
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