Essay on The Incarceration Of The State Prison System

1076 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
The practice of mass incarceration in the state prison system is an epidemic that stretches far beyond the stringent sentencing guides that are imposed by the state legislatures. This crisis is one that is attributed throughout all levels of the government. As a result, America has suffered both economically and socially because of mass incarceration. The United States prison population has more than quadrupled due to harsher penalties for non-violent offenses (Mass Incarceration in the USA). The data shows that one out of every four human beings are locked up in the “land of the free”. In 1972 the prison population was 300,000. Today, the U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. (Duvernay, 2016). Ultimately, mass incarceration brings with it social issues such as racial inequality and studies show that the actual benefits of incarceration are minimal. Moreover, immediate reform is needed to remedy this issue that threatens society as a whole. In this paper, I seek to demonstrate what the best courses of action are based on the research that is available.
Many people have suggestions on reform but unfortunately many of those are not in a position of power. Those who are in a position to make a change are unsure on what needs to be done and how changes should be implemented. Statistics show that the U.S. incarcerates more people, per capita, than any other nation. Therefore, over 2.3 million people are locked up in local jails, prisons, immigration detention…

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