Prisoners Rights

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Society Tiffany Horvath SOC 305: Crime and Society Instructor: Efua Akoma October 28, 2013 If you asked 100 random people to describe a criminal, they would describe someone uneducated, in and out of the justice system, a minority or just a basic street criminal. “National surveys suggest that when Americans think about crime, they see the face of a black jobless high-school dropout from a broken home” (Society, 2013). “Federal researchers found, for example, that many prisoners are reasonably well-educated. More than six out of 10 prisoners are high school graduates, and many attended college. A majority of federal prison inmates and nearly half of all state prisoners are white or white Hispanic, not African American.…show more content…
In fact, 28 percent of all federal prisoners and 12 percent of state prison inmates attended at least some college. Broken homes lead to crime. It’s true that children raised in single-parent households are disproportionately more likely to become involved in criminality than those who are not. The face of crime is black. It is true that blacks are disproportionately represented in the overall prison populations in both state and federal facilities, relative to their proportion in the population” (Society, 2013). In the end, all of those who are involved in active society end up experiencing some effect of crime. Besides the obvious unrest that is experienced by citizens of a society that has crime, it is also felt in the pockets of tax payers. New prisons and jails, programs for criminals and money for more police protection all come directly and indirectly out of the pocket of taxpayers in America. Some neighborhoods even involve themselves in programs such as neighborhood watches to prevent crimes. In areas where crime is prevalent, residents notice direct effects in terms of depreciated housing, education, and job availability in the surrounding economy. Society loses when investing in new jails rather than paying employee’s higher wages. A study has proven that society pays over twice the average household income for
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