The High Rates Of Recidivism Essay
Evolved from English common law, the United States judiciary system is an intricate series of complex judgments, decisions, and procedures. A corner-stone of this systematic practice is the belief that a crime against an individual is a crime against society as a whole, therefore, must be punished by that same society. The intent of incarceration is to rehabilitate the offender so that they might return to society and become productive members of it.
Recidivism is a major problem in the United States, as nearly two-thirds of those released from prison, offend again. (U.S. Department of Justice [USDJ], 2014, para. 1) The idea that these relapses in crime are unavoidable stems from the mindset that once a person is a criminal they will always be a criminal. Unfortunately, those beliefs are reinforced by the statistics. In fact, in many cases in…