Pros And Cons Of Non-Violent Crimes

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In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. Marijuana possession arrests accounted for seventy-nine percent of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offenses. Most of these people have no prior history of violence. They are first time offenders. Due to the amount of time and effort we take in putting first time non-violent offenders away it takes away from helping those who actually need rehabilitation or drug treatment.

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Although law enforcement are doing their job to keep the streets of our community safe, we also need to look into how we can come up with a plan to sentence non-violent offenders. In ancient societies punishment was executed in one of three ways, corporally, financially, or capitally. Using isolation in order to penalize criminals “began in the Roman Empire during the fourth century C.E. after Christianity became the state religion” (Quinn 26). We utilized isolation in the
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Some people think that sentencing for non-violent crimes is too harsh and some think that they are too minimal. Some people also think that sentencing for violent crimes is too minimal as well. So how do we stick to sentencing that is fair for the persons accused? What is too harsh or too soft? In the FBI 's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and no negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force. Non-Violent crimes are considered to be crimes that do not involve the use of any force or injury to another person. The seriousness of a non-violent crime is usually measured in terms of economic damage or loss to the

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