Crime And Its Effects On The United States Essay

1278 Words Apr 1st, 2016 null Page
In comparing Europe with the United States, there is a clear divide in how penalties for crime are handled. In Europe, where sentences are less harsh, more efforts are placed into integrating reformed criminals back into society. In the United States, where ex-convicts are incarcerated for longer periods of time, reintegration is much more difficult and they are more -likely to re-commit crimes. In addition, crime and drugs have been a long standing issue and will be further discussed. I will be looking into drug involving crimes in the United States, how prisons are managed in the US and compare it to the prison system in the Netherlands. The United States, which once stood against the hierarchal societies of Europe, namely England, has performed a complete 180 in regards to punishments for crimes. The States that had once fought for their rights to govern themselves, for the right to hand out just punishments under the laws that they had written, have since gone down a much darker path; leaving in their wake a long string of harsh and unjust suffering. Being the superpower they are, the country has fallen behind with modern methods of penalties of crimes, and have turned to the “war on crime” and “war on drugs” approach. On the other side of the spectrum, the Netherlands is a country which focuses on implementing ex-convicts back into society. When it comes down to it, harsher punishments of crimes are not an effective method of crime prevention when it comes to prison…

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