Essay on The Problem Of A Failing Prison System

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Our Prison System is Broken and Ineffective
American prisons are among the most overcrowded correction facilities in the country. America is leading the countries with the highest incarceration rate in the world since the majority of the people taken to prison are non-criminal drug offenders. The issue of a failing prison system is one that increasingly elicited debate among American politicians. In particular, the concern has been that the judicial system is highly biased, with certain communities being the main target for arrest. Statistics also indicate that men are the majority inmates, both in local and federal prisons.
Despite the high rate of incarceration in the United States, the rate of crime has not significantly dropped. As a matter of fact, most of the inmates arrested for non-criminal drug offenses tend to revert to their old habits of drug and substance abuse upon release from prison, which implies that a new approach has to be adopted to make American prisons the correction facilities that they should be. One suggestion that has been put forward by many experts, including psychologists, is the use of rehabilitation approach in prisons. Instead of forcing non-criminal drug offenders to serve long years in prison, they should be placed under a rehabilitation program. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ineffectiveness of the American prisons and give suggestions on how to fix the system. In particular, this paper presents a suggestion that prison…

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