The Problem Of Prison Overcrowding Essay

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In today’s prison systems in the United States, prisons are being flooded with an extremely large amount of new inmates resulting in prisons in the United States becoming more and more overpopulated. The problem of prison overpopulation is only getting worse and becoming a major issue for the United States prison systems. Federal prisons are already 41 percent over their rated capacity and there are still inmates pouring into the prisons every day. There are several problems with prison overcrowding. The first problem that may result from prison overcrowding is an increase in prison violence. Violence may increase in the prisons as more and more inmates are packed into living quarters. The overcrowding in the prison systems lead to increased levels of both violence and misconduct which will lead to an unsafe environment for both the inmates and the prison staff. Crowded prisons also mean a decrease in inmate privacy which could cause inmates to start even more violence in the prison. Overpopulation in prisons only makes inmates more inmate stress and unhappiness which only creates violence. Because of the increased amount of inmates, the time inmates are given in recreation yards, TV rooms, and cafeterias is being cut in order to squeeze all of the inmates in. Along with cutting back inmates lunch and recreation times, prisons are also having to make cells out of common areas that were never meant to be cells in the first place. Due to the increased amount of money it…

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