Prison Overcrowding

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Prison Overcrowding Sherita Bowens American Intercontinental University April 24, 2010 Abstract Prison overcrowding is one of the many different problems throughout the world that law enforcement faces. Prison overcrowding not only affects those in law enforcement, it also affects the taxpayers in the community as well. The problem of overcrowded prisons is being handled in many different ways. Some of these ways have been proven to be sufficient and successful while others have not been so successful. Prison Overcrowding There is no right or wrong way to address the problem of prison overcrowding. One way to address this situation is to build bigger prisons. However, building bigger prisons affects the wrong people. By…show more content…
8). Today, “America is expert at turning citizens into convicts, but we’ve forgotten how to transform convicts back into citizens” (Gonnerman and Brown, p. 45). With the use of these programs, America will be getting convicts ready for their transition back into the community and reducing the chances of them returning to prison. Studies have shown that the use of these programs will be beneficial to saving the taxpayer’s money as well. “The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University estimates a savings to the taxpayer of $10 for every $1 expended when drug treatment in prison is followed by aftercare in the community”(Kaiser, p. 13). In conclusion, taxpayers in the community should not have to spend more money to help build bigger prisons, especially since there are other solutions to prison overcrowding that are positively effective for both the inmates and the taxpayers. The paragraphs above provide information on ways to reduce prison overcrowding as well as saving the taxpayer’s money. So far, solutions other than building bigger prisons have proven to be successful. With the introduction of privatizing some of the state’s prisons and the constant usage of educational and drug addiction programs, the problem of prison overcrowding will gradually

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