The Death Of The Prison System Essay

1136 Words Nov 19th, 2016 5 Pages
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When somebody in this country has broken the law they put in prison to learn from their mistakes in order to become a well adjusted citizen. This is not the outcome that is taking place at this moment; most people who are in prison are a worst state going out then they were going in. A quote by Gloria Steinem that sums up this idea of the prison system today; he states “ A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space”. Prisons in the United States is not longer helping our society it hurt the overall population. The topics of conversation that can invoke change is the over crowding effect on the prisoners, the negative habits that are made in prison, and the after effects of prisons. The prison system is made to help our citizen become more well adjusted but instead of helping society it is hurting it greatly.
In light of the Laws today being very strict and court systems are handing out prison time as a first resort. In an article titled Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country written by Michelle Ye Hee Lee goes into the growing issue with great detail. She states that “the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population”. With such a great effect of overpopulation in prisons could have a negative effect on the population instead of helping. The point of prison is to rehabilitate people to become well adjusted citizens yet people are not…

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