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Restorative Justice And Reducing Prison Population

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"Restorative Justice to Reduce Prison Population"
Is long-term incarceration working to resolve issues of criminal conduct? When considering the population of people incarcerated is rising at an alarming rate and crime statistics not dropping by much, it is hard to tell if incarceration is working in these modern times. The United States prison population is the largest in the world. In fact, the United States has 2.3 million persons in institutions which is more than the rest of the world combined (Wagner p. 2). Crime overall as decreased in the last 30 years with the introduction of rehabilitation programs but these programs are not universal. While serious crimes require serious punishment, most people that are incarcerated should be
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Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is considered by many as insanity. All over the country new programs are being tried to slow or reduce the recidivism the system experiences. A program in Oklahoma City OK, has created the first mental health court in the Southwest United States. Deborah Smith Bailey states in her article, "The model has proven so successful that, since the nation 's first drug court was established in 1989 in Miami, 946 drug courts have been implemented, and another 441 are in the planning stages, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals"(Bailey p.6). I want to use stats like these to help show the real effect on the lives of people in the programs.
According to Deborah Bailey, some of the ways these programs are getting funding currently are non-traditional. Funding is coming from the private sector because the public system is not completely on board with these programs at the present time and not as willing to experiment. The article ends speaking about how everyone is effected positively with these programs so far (Bailey p.28). These programs have started the conversation and will help build support for a universal model used by all communities just as the
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