Do We Really Need Prisons

1599 Words Nov 16th, 2012 7 Pages
DO WE REALLY NEED PRISONS The simple meaning prison is a place for the confinement of persons in law detention, espicially people who are convicted of crimes according to The American Heritage of the English Language (2000). The history of prison almost as old as history itself. At first, prison were not used as a punishment but as a place where people who were sentenced to capital or corporal punishment were kept for a short period of time. But as the time passed, it turned into a legal punishment. Today, imprisonment is the harhest punishmet a criminal is given except for death penalty and there are over nine million people in prison today. In todays world, imprisonmet is the most common punishment that is given criminals. Therefore, …show more content…
This research shows that rehabilition in prison or rather lacking of it is a serious problem. According to Why cant we reform our criminals? Renew America (2005), “70% percent of all criminals are re-arrested within three years of their release from prison. Infact, of the few programs that have shown any detectable positive effect on their participants, the best result was a mere 10% reduction in recidivism.” (para.3). It can be conculuded that the prison and the rehabiition systems of it are not useful. In addition to lack of rehabilition, prisoners have to face serious problems like abuse, bulliying, forced labors and so on. Therefore, they are not healing but getting worse. Another reason why prison system should be removed is that, the prison system is economically detrimental. The statistics shows that one year of one criminal in prison costs $22.000 in USA and the total cost of the prisons in USA is more than $32 billiona year (Fortunato, 2004, p.7). This affects every citizen in the society, because the taxes they pay are spent for people who harmed them. Currently, USA government spends more money for the prison system than the education system. If prisons are removed, the money spent for them can be used for more useful tasks like education, health care, science and so on. It