A Report On The United States 's Nationwide Prison Population

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According to [http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000286] only two states allow felons to vote while in prison. This is quite alarming, especially considering that America’s nationwide prison population, since 1980, has increased by nearly 800 percent. This increase is due to harsher punishments for non-violent crimes, resulting in more than 1.57 million inmates being imprisoned in federal, state, and local prisons and jails at any given time. In addition, an estimated 12 million Americans cycle through the U.S judicial system for sentences less than one year in length, raising the estimated overall imprisonment rate, at any given date, to 2.4 million. These inmates, in addition to those barred from voting due to past felony convictions, make up approximately 2.5 percent of the nation’s voting population, according to a report by The Sentencing Project. [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/12/the-real-felony-denying-prisoners-the-right-to-vote.html] Prisoners that are currently serving time for their crimes should have the right to vote because it allows them to begin to make personal choices again and it is a basic right established by our nation’s founding fathers.

The U.S. criminal justice system was designed to reform individuals with criminal behaviors so that they, upon release, can be sent back into the population as well-working members of society. "We let ex-convicts marry, reproduce, buy beer, own property and drive. They don 't…

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