Criminal Justice Reform

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What is the purpose of the united states justice system? Should Deterrence and justice really be the primary focuses in our justice system? From our constantly increasing recidivism rate to the increasing population of american prisons Our justice system continues to prove that it needs change. “If you want total security, go to prison. There you 're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower. This quote is not only a perfect representation of our current justice system but it also perfectly depicts how the intentions behind prisons have backfired. Prisons are becoming long term hotels for people that commit crimes instead of correctional facilities.
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Over criminalization is another reason our justice system is failing. With so many drug mandatory minimums in place we are constantly flooding our prisons with nonviolent drug addicts. Being locked up for 5 years may reduce the urge to do drugs for a period of time but without proper treatment drug addicts will eventually turn to their old ways. Drug addicts need to have restoration not derence. Our system is truly failing in the area of restoration. With all of these implications of The united states justice system desperately needing reform what will you do to stand for a change?
One very important aspect of the criminal justice system is the recidivism rate. About 68 percent of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of their release from prison, and 77 percent were arrested within five years, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS.) Why is the recidivism rate so high? Part of the reason is because the criminal justice system indents psychological
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The United States represents about 5 percent of the world’s population but houses about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Furthermore, The united states is not only first in total number imprisoned but it is also the first among industrialized nations in the rate of incarceration. Just to give you a comparison, Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, noted last year in a New York Times op-ed, the total correctional control rate under President Ronald Reagan (including everyone in prison or jail, or on probation or parole) was less than half the current rate. How has overcriminalization become so apparent in the united states? Although not directly linked, I believe Mandatory minimums have been a major factor in causing overcriminalization. Mortimer Zuckerman the chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report says that Not only has our incarceration rate increased by 800% since 1980 but nonviolent offenders make up 90% of our federal prison system. Even if you are a first time offender, being found with just a few grams of crack cocaine will land you with a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence. Prisons everywhere are constantly being flooded by non violent drug addicts and dealers. Our prison system is not assisting people with their drug related issues it is just adding to their already extremely long list of problems. So What sparked lawmakers to start advocating for mandatory

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