Crime in the United States

1052 Words Jun 16th, 2018 5 Pages
The United States is one of the most developed countries in the world, if not the most developed, yet the U.S. has the largest prison population in the entire world by far. For most of my life I have always believed that the American justice system worked. When people do wrong they need to be punished and pay for their crimes. That is what our justice system is here for so how could is possibly go wrong? Unfortunetly it is not as simple as it sounds and all it takes is a little research to discover why. Before researching the U.S. criminal justice system, I would never have considered the fact that the U.S. has the worst prison population in the world. The more I reasearched, the more I realized that my own belief's of the justice …show more content…
The reality of our prisons is nearly the opposite thought, with prisoners being tortured and beat daily. A documentary on the horrors of American prison's titled, Torture: America's Brutal Prisons, details how badly prisoners are treated in graphic detail. The documentary shows how prison beatings happen more often than we think and how some are even fatal. This is generally not because of bad inmates, but because these prisoners are no longer treated like human beings. When they are finally released, most of them will be in worse condition mentally and physically than when they were first sent to prison. As a result, they are more likely to commit other crimes and be sent right back to prison. American prisons themselves are considered violent and horribly run. The problem is easy to spot, but solutions are seemingly impossible to implement. Andrew Cohen, of www.theweek.com, stated, "It's fairly easy to get judges to find unconstitutional conditions inside our prisons. The hard part is getting government to do anything about it." Cohen, goes on to state that, even after a lawsuit and a deal to improve the abusive and neglectful conditions at a juvenile center, virtually no progress has been made for over two years. Reform advocates were forced to go back to court over the county official's lack of action on the matter. This just goes to show
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