Essay about The Punishment Of The State Prison System

1245 Words Nov 11th, 2015 null Page
Every action of every member within a community affects those around them. It’s a ripple effect that can send out shock waves in each and every direction. Many of us make bad decisions. Many of us fall into dangerous waters that at one time seemed pleasant. We all make mistakes, and while people will have to face up to the consequences of their actions and decisions, there’s more to the story after they achieve atonement. They deserve forgiveness. Forgiveness is a funny thing in the way that it is not something that is both to be administered generously, and stringently. Many people feel that many of the individuals in our prison systems may not deserve forgiveness, but it is imperative that we give it to those who do. According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 81% of all offenders within the state prison system are first time offenders, and 45% of all inmates are nonviolent offenders who never hurt anyone but themselves because of their decisions. These are the people who deserve seconds chances, who still have the ability to go out and do amazing things in their communities, and that is why we need to make sure to provide them with what they need. I believe that if we can institute programs that have been proven to help keep first time offenders out of prison, as well as make an effort to create police and judicial systems that reflect the communities that they have sworn to serve and protect.

The first way that overcrowding in prisons can be combatted…

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