When thinking of how America is leading the world the number of incarcerated citizens per capita does not come to mind. America is considered to be the greatest country in the world. It is known for its fight for freedom and its triumph in maintaining it. Because of this many Americans take pride in the country they have been apart of shaping just as they should. However, in recent years problems have arisen that have taken some of its beauty away. One of those is the shocking amount of people who are imprisoned. There are several causes for the sudden overpopulation in Americas jails but a problem like this is not only one that is embarrassing to our country but is also one that could possibly be eased with a few minor changes to the United States jail system. In order for there to be a positive change incarceration must be brought to light as an issue instead of being ignored and neglected as it has been in the past. Over the past twenty to thirty years the United States incarceration rate has gradually been climbing to its present day rate of 738 incarcerated citizens per 100,000 in the population. That number is 153% higher than Russia who is 2nd in line with the most imprisoned citizens and a whopping 2000% higher than countries such as Nigeria and Nepal (Hartney 2). The problem with this nations incarceration rate is not due to the amount of crime that goes on, “For some crimes, the US has higher crime rates than other countries, but not at levels that explain the high rates—and costs—of its current use of incarceration” (Hartney 5). The United States is also at fault for having the highest minority incarceration rates having three times as many women imprisoned than any other nation. The minority problem doesn’t stop at the women but Latinos composed 19% of Americas prison population while African Americans make up 41% (“More”). The other potent issue with this problem is that it is not being considered as one and the rates are continuously growing. Jails
Running Head: LOWERING 1
Lowering the Legal Drinking Age in the United States
May 18, 2013
Lowering the legal drinking age in the United States has been a topic of debate for as long….
Incarceration is/is not a deterrent to crime?
The major question that comes to my mind regarding crime statistics is "Why is it that the number of people that are in the U.S. is rising at an unprecedented rate?" Analyst say that the crime rate has remained relatively flat over the last 15 years, but today we are seeing the most rapid growth in our nation's prison population since the first prisons were established in the 19th century.
Some say that this incarceration increase is due to the….
logic behind this is that a person guilty of a crime will learn over a certain time and mentally break oneself down. Another reason may be that ones offense is so sever that they will have to spend the rest of ones life in incarceration or pay with death. Overall incarceration is meant to be a punishment in order to prevent future activity that breaks what is considered as peace in society.
After viewing the description over why someone would be incarcerated, it may be difficult to imagine why….
head: FINAL PROJECT: JUVENILE INCARCERATION
Final Project: Juvenile Incarceration
Roshon Green, Jessica Mays, Karen McCord
University of Phoenix
Final Project: Juvenile Incarceration
Statement of Problem
The purpose of the juvenile incarceration project is to gain insights into whether or not parental incarceration is related to juvenile incarceration. The research problem is the loss is the cost of incarceration to the state or society. Incarceration is expensive with costs to society….
Components of Mass Incarceration
Mass incarceration of African Americans is one of the biggest problems that we as a society face today. Many of our African American men are either in jail, or on parole for crimes that are committed by whites everyday. Police often overlook those crimes when it comes down to whites but they do not for blacks. Hence why a lot of black men are missing from our society and locked away in prisons for years for such minuscule crimes….
Incarceration or Rehabilitation for Non-Violent Drug Offenders
Statistics have proven that incarceration alone is a monetary pitfall and does not deter the cluster of non-violent drug related crimes in this country. We need to create an alternative habilitation pattern for these offenders including an assessment of their mental health, specialized life skills training, and occupational employment assistance: in some cases, in lieu of incarceration and in others, in conjunction with incarceration….
The Effects of Incarceration
Incarceration can be devastating on everybody’s lives. Not only it affects the person that is actually in jail, but it affects his or her loved ones. First, it puts a strain on the family finances once a family member is incarcerated. Second, it causes problems in relationships, whether it is girlfriend or wife. Third, it causes emotional strain, especially if he or she has a long time to serve. According to Macionis….
Juvenile incarceration has created a lot of uncertainties in the legal justice system. This is because it is often assumed that indeed there are several persons that are underage that at the time of the crime did not have the proper mental reasoning to appreciate that indeed they were committing a crime. For this reason, there has been several problems regarding Juvenile incarceration and it has been argued….
Running Head: EFFECTS OF INCARCERATION ON BLACK FAMILIES
The Causes and Effects of Incarceration on Black Families
Prof. Marsha Allman
The College of New Rochelle
Mass black incarceration has a myriad of effects on the culture and society of black communities across the nation. This paper examines these effects, including the reasons for black male incarceration, the widespread nature of it, the effects it has on black women, children and the community. The research….
The relationship between incarceration and crime has been examined for a long time. Some researchers have posited that incarceration reduced crime. Others have argued that incarceration did not reduce crime; even, a few of researchers insisted that it increased crime. Also, some scholars have contended that incarceration brought about unintended or collateral consequences. By delving into numerous studies focusing on the relationship between incarceration and crime, this literature review will illuminate….