What Is Mass Incarceration?

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Mass incarceration is a unique way of saying that the United States has locked up a tremendous amount of the population in state and federal prisons, and even local jails. The U.S currently locks over 2.2 million human beings in cages, and many are for nonviolent offenses.
What is this issue about? Mass incarceration rates continue to rise. There are spaces in the prisons and jails where there are situations such as no beds available. So what do we do with the individuals going to jail, or prison? The United States is not only tripling beds in the different pods, but also are quadrupling beds in the pods. In this case, it continues to get overcrowded, and with that being said, more fights/riots are occurring. Prisoners are being put at risk
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I have studied a lot about mass incarceration because my concentration is criminology which allows to me focus and take courses on crime. I have also read the books, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Punished: Policing The Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor Rios, and Between Good and Ghetto by Nikki Jones. I recommend reading these books to develop a better understanding on mass incarceration. “From a larger social perspective, this issue should not be the responsibility of corrections administrators. No one believes that jails are the best place for providing mental health services. Several recent efforts are demonstrating alternatives.” (Lobuglio and Piehl 2015) There is a lot wrong with our juvenile justice system and people to be able to understand the bigger picture. There are more than 54,000 children sleeping behind bars and most of the kids go to prison, for yet again, nonviolent offenses. Some examples are kids getting arrested for skipping school, or not coming home by curfew, and even running away from home. Being placed in prison for that? What is that teaching them? They are going to prison for nonviolent offenses and if they were an adult, they wouldn’t be charged with these kinds of crimes. Guess how much it costs locking kids per year? It costs 8 billion dollars per year for incarcerating kids. Imagine what we could do with 8 billion dollars per year? Fund cancer research, or end homeless in America. We are draining our system by recycling what is going on from arresting them, then trailing them for court and so on. Want to know what else? The juvenile justice system discriminates. African Americans are the ones to get locked up more than any other race. Allegedly, a black kid that is acting out in class appears to be seen as criminalized behavior, whereas

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