Profit Over Youth : A Look Into The Business Of Prison

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Profit Over Youth: A Look into the Business of Prison. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention established that in 2009 there were a total of 1,812,900 juvenile arrest. These arrest consisted of those who were arrested and never tried as adults, for the purpose of this paper the same definition of a juvenile will be used. It can be easily argued that the juvenile population is Americas most vulnerable, and this is the population that we are arresting at such high numbers. To understand why these juveniles are being arrested at such high numbers we must take a closer look at our criminal justice system. We as a nation are currently in the business of warehousing humans under the guise of “justice” in order to turn a…show more content…
A shocking excerpt from The School-To-Prison Pipeline reveals “The statistics revealed that at least forty states spent less than $20,000 annually student on education, and only twelve states spent more than $10,000 per student. However, approximately thirty states spent $20,000 or more per inmate per year, and only ten states spent less than $20,000 Clearly, the money trail reveals the disturbing priority the government has placed on incarceration over education.”(Porter 2015). These numbers show where the priority lies in tax spending. If Edgefield had spent the money in the school system the culture of violence that engulfed the Bosket family would be something we would possibly not be reading about, because it just the increased attention to the school system may have eradicated portions of that culture of violence. When it comes to changes in practices one very simple change in practice is offered early in the article The School-To-Prison Pipeline, and that is getting rid of purported race neutral disciplinary policies such as zero tolerance. The argument that is made is that for one these polices are to tough and not fair in how they are enforced, as they disproportionately target minorities. Second the enforcement of these polices robs the child of the right to education. A policy change that also could be enforced is that of community based rehabilitation. Programs such as house arrest and GPS are

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