Should Prison Overcrowding Be Legal? Essay

1261 Words Oct 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Prison overcrowding is at an all-time high, something is most definitely wrong and we need fix, quick, fast and in a hurry. Should we have mandatory sentencing? No, mandatory sentencing does not curb crime, it is one of the main contributing factors to prison overcrowding. Each Sentence must be view separately and the offender’s previous criminal record should also come into play. Furthermore, according to The U.S. Department of Justice in 1980: There were 140 per 100,000 US residents in prison and in 2012: There were 500 per 100,000 residents in prison (a threefold increase). These statistics are scary.
Case and point, “Japan 's prison population rate is 54 out of 100,000 citizens, compared to 716 in the U.S. Overcrowded prisons can be toxic for both prisoners and guards, according to a recent GAO report that found overcrowded conditions contribute to increased inmate misconduct, more competition for prison services such as educational or vocational training programs and a lack of meaningful work opportunities for prisoners during their incarcerations” (“The Problem of Prison,” 2014).
Equally important, we as law abiding citizens want retribution and should make sure that if an offender breaks the law they should be sentenced accordingly. It is only fair that the victim is not victimized a second time by unfair sentencing practices. The punishment should fit the crime, but as a society we have went overboard with mandatory sentencing laws by having inmates serve 85% of…

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