Prisons Don't Work Essay

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Right now in the United States of America murderers, rapists, and child molesters are being set free. Prisoners are watching T.V., eating a meal, and using exercise equipment while law abiding citizens are starving and living in the gutters. Prisoners even have their own periodical. Dangerous criminals are walking the streets and crime is a way of life to many Americans. In America, crime does pay because our nations prison system is not working.

The nations prison system must be changed because of major problems with the system such as overcrowding and the fact that early release programs do not work. Building more jails is expensive and does not solve anything. These problems can be solved by giving prisoners no chance for parole and
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This promotes good behavior in prison and keeps the prison population lower. However, many released prisoners just commit another crime and are returned to jail. In 1992, one in three state prison admissions was a probation or parole violator.(Byrne 50) Also, a special report from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics stated:

State courts in 32 counties across 17 States sentenced 79,000 felons to probation in 1986. Within 3 years of sentencing, while still on probation, 43% of these felons were rearrested for a felony. Half of the arrests were for a violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, or aggravated assault) or a drug offense (drug trafficking or drug possession).

This proves that the current system puts dangerous criminals back on the streets without being rehabilitated and that imprisonment is not a successful deterrent. The three times your out strategy attempts to solve this problem. Although it is a step in the right direction, criminals should not be allowed to break the law three times before they are punished. It would be a much greater deterrent if they were not offered parole at all.

Prisoners should not be given a parole opportunity. Criminals should know that if they are convicted of a crime they will not be able to get out early. This creates a heavier deterrence for people who are considering criminal acts. It would also assure that dangerous criminals are kept behind…