Should Prison Reform Be More Effective Without Incarceration?

1818 Words Dec 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Prison reform is the attempt to improve conditions inside prison and to find other ways for a penal system to be more effective without incarceration. Going to prison may have a negative impact on inmates and their transition back into their communities. According to the National Institute of Justice (2014), about 68% of prisoners go back to prison within 3 years of their release (National institute of justice, 2014). Prisoners do not have the proper education skills and training to re-enter society. Unfortunately, society views prisoners as a criminal that would never change or improve their lives. This view results in stigma. Stigma is the judgement made by society to those who may have a negative reputation in the general public. This is turning into an epidemic because we see many people being arrested and many of those people go back to prison within a few years. This is a problem because the incarceration rate is increasing and there are not many opportunities given to prisoners who will need to know what to expect in the real world when released. I propose a program where a group of prisoners, according to their crime, would be appointed to a counselor that has a fully understanding of the crime and their potential mental state. Also, there would be federal reform where prisoners can learn how to interact with society, along with getting a job when released. There are over 9 million prisoners “cycling” through many different kinds of prisons (Caporizzo,…

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