Effectiveness Of The American Correctional System

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Zachary Bairos
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4/8/15
Effectiveness of the American correctional system

The purpose of the American correctional system is to keep criminals of the streets who may cause harm to the public, to protect the citizens of the United States and to punish criminals who are found guilty of committing crimes. The United States correctional system is very ineffective. The cost of incarcerating criminals is astronomical; the reason these criminals are in jail is because they need to be punished, and most of the prisoner’s lives are corrupt before and after prison.
The amount of money it costs to incarcerate an inmate is through the roof. Every year, U.S citizens pay tax money that goes towards, keeping the prison up in running. One city pays about “$167,731 to feed, house and guard each inmate last year, according to a study the Independent Budget Office released this week.” (New York Times) There are thousands of towns and cities but there are millions of prisoners, the money from one city is only enough for about 5 inmates. “The Vera Institute of Justice released a study in 2012 that found the aggregate cost of prisons in 2010 in the 40 states that participated was $39 billion. The annual average tax payer cost in these states was $31,286 per inmate.”(New York Times) This tax money goes towards what this prison supplies for these criminals including buying different things to put in the court yard, and buying food to feed millions of people.
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