Mass Incarceration Rate In America

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Travon Felton
Professor Calebotta
February 15, 2017
English 1A
Essay 2 Prompt 8 The mass incarceration rate in America has been an ongoing issue for a very long time. The U.S is known to have one of the largest incarceration rate than any other country. Some of the problem is mostly related to the drug war that is still ongoing. The prisoners that are serving time are mostly people who are nonviolent drug offenders. I believe that mass incarceration is an issue that need to be resolved. Being incarcerated for a nonviolent crime is not helping our country at all, but rather, it hurting this country. It also costs taxpayer’s money just to keep or maintain these prisoners that are there due to non-offenses. Mass incarceration is an issue
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From the article titled “The Punishment Imperative : The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America” by Todd Clear, and Natasha Frost, it goes into full detail on why the incarceration rate is failing. America incarcerates way more people that far exceeds the rate of our top allies. “With just under ten million people incarcerated in prisons and jails worldwide, America incarcerated more than one-fifth of the world’s total prison population.” (The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, Page 17) The United States now is in the lead in the world of incarceration, that beats countries like Russia, Rwanda, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Cuba, and the country has four times the rate of European nations. Maintaining the prisons came with a staggering price. In 2006, jurisdictions would spend around $68 billion on correctional supervision. They went from spending from $9 billion in 1982 to an 660 percent increase of $68 billion in 2006. Around the same time period, direct judicial expenditures has increased by 503 percent and the policing expenditures increased by 420 percent. The huge majority of the correctional dollars, with was around 90 percent, went to stabilize mass incarceration. “With a national average annual price tag of almost $29,000 per person per year of incarceration, it cost taxpayers at least ten times more to incarcerate a person than it would have cost to maintain him or her under supervision in the community.” (The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, Page 21) In general, this is an issue because the taxpayers are forced to pay a lot of money to maintain a person in prison. Locking up a serious violent offender is justified, however, for thousands of lower-level inmates, it costs taxpayers more than preventing
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