Keith Huff Incarceration Case Study

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Keith Huff is one of the many cases that demonstrate how and why incarceration rates continue to rise. By himself, Keith has cost the State of Kentucky 1.1 million dollars. He has been quoted saying this, “I do great in prison for some reason. It’s sad but I do great in, I mean, because I got the structure, people telling me what to do. When I got somebody behind me on me, I do great in life.” He speaks how prison is like a revolving door. He grew up in a neighborhood where almost everybody gets locked up. His neighborhood, Beecher Terrace statistically has one in six people go in and out of prison. It seems to be that he was destined from the start to enter this unending cycle. Keith Huff continues to return to jail. He has nothing no home, no life, and no money. Jail has become a safe haven for him.
Christel Tribel lives in Beecher Terrace. Her
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It seems to me that we need to be better at filtering the system instead if incarcerating everyone no matter the offense we should start seeking other alternatives. We should incarcerate those who are an endangerment to themselves and society. For the others we should try to get them treatment not just throw them in jail because that won’t end the cycle. When people are released they aren’t prepared for society. They don’t have anything just the clothes on the back and no money. The only way most released inmates know how to get money is to steal it. It’s very difficult for a person with a felon to get a stable job. Another flaw with releasing inmates is that when they released there are many regulations and rules they have to abide by that are very difficult. You have to pay a certain amount each month. You have to report, you have to employee, and you may have to stay in one place. These technicalities are what keep sending people back. These people when they get pout have nothing. How can you expect them to pay

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