18 December 2014
“Since the 1970s the rate of incarceration in the United States has quadrupled, after having been relatively flat over the prior half-century.”-Anthony Zurcher. The rate of prison incarcerations has increased so much over the years; the government can’t afford to incarcerate that many people. Karen Thomas’s article “Time to Invest in Schools, Note Prisons” shows that United States incarcerates too many criminals violent and non-violent. Joan Petersilia said in her article “Beyond the Prison Bubble” that, the United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation. This also supports the idea that The United States incarcerates too many people. Karen Thomas’s article “Time to Invest in Schools, Not Prisons” shows that the United States is home to 5% of the world’s population but houses 25% of the world’s prisoners (314). This statistic shows that the United States incarcerates too many criminals, Karen Thomas also said “A quarter of the 2.4 million convicts that are imprisoned, have been convicted of drug-related charges.”-Karen Thomas. Instead of incarcerating that quarter of 2.4 million the United States should put them in rehabilitation centers. All of the money that is going towards the unnecessary crimes is being taken away from education. Because there are so many incarcerations teachers are getting laid off, classes are being cut, and students are being turned away (Thomas p. 315). The United States needs to stop cutting education while increasing spending on the imprisonment of non-violent offenders. By using rehabilitation centers, drug abuse prevention, and treatment we can reduce the money that’s being spend and use towards education. Joan Petersilia said in her article “Beyond the Prison Bubble” that, The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation (Petersilia 301). As a proportion of its population, the United States incarcerates five times more people than...
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