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Causes Of Mass Incarceration

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The reforms for Justice
The major cause of mass incarceration in the United States is Bail. Recently there are several reforms that were passed, and there are several proposals under consideration to fix this issue. A lot of people that are incarcerated toady committed low offense charges. Hence, we need a fairer, and more effective justice system so that more people could walk free rather than being locked up. With that said, bail is used today as an entrapment, which opposed its original purpose. Most importantly, of the people that are in jail, 60 percent haven’t been convicted of anything. As we can see, mass incarceration makes our country worsted off, and we need to do something about it.
“Did the entire Brooklyn got arrested today?” said Pinto in his article titled, “The Bail Trap” (page 6). Why do we arrest so many people daily? 365,000 people got arrested in New York City in 2013. The overburdened justice system cannot handle the large number of people that gets arrested daily. However, plea bargain is the way that the system deals with this issue of arresting over a thousand people daily for low offense charges. Ninety-seven percent of the people that are arrested plead guilty. The U.S. is at the highest incarceration rate in the world, therefore, we need a reform to get rid of bail and to prevent police officers from arresting so many people.
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