Rising Prisoner Population In The United States

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It is without a doubt that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world, the United States Prison systems house around 1.6million prisoners to date and the numbers are continuing to rise (Tsai, Scommegna, 2016). The alarming statistics of the rising prisoner population for the United States is an epidemic and cause for concern because it is unsustainable both spatially and financially. Every year states are spending billions upon billions of dollars on our prison systems and we are putting hundreds of thousands of people behind bars every single year. This has led to an overcrowding of our prison systems which can lead to many other problems such as an increase in aggression, and an increase in risk to infections
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