The Growing Problems of the Prison System

1013 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
Mr. Governor, there are many ways to reduce the current problem of prison overcrowding; unfortunately many of them are not popular as they are seen as being soft on crime and as we both know that is not favorably looked upon. Some of the options would provide a temporary decongestion of the prisons while others would be a more long term reduction in inmate populations. After reviewing I believe that there are a few that we could possibly accomplish and still portray an acceptable persona to the public. These few include reviewing the mandatory sentencing laws, education opportunities, good time credits earning, conditional release of elderly inmates, foreign national occupation and after prison employment incentives. Traditionally…show more content…
Yet correctional experts, criminologists and the national institute of corrections are in agreement that individuals who are elderly are at a reduced risk as a result of lack of appropriate healthcare and the stress of living in prison exasperates the problems that come with age. Many of these elderly are in prison for nonviolent offenses and research illustrates that with age comes a reduction in reoffending. There is strong evidence that the majority of these elderly inmates are a result of the longer terms mandated by mandatory and drug sentencing laws. A review and implantation of conditional release of elderly inmates who pose little safety risk would reduce both the costs of incarceration and the number of inmates within the prisons ("At America’s expense:," 2012). Around a quarter of the inmates within the prisons are not U.S. citizens and nearly 18% of the prison population are Mexican citizens (US Department of Justice). Many of these inmates are a result of “Operation Streamline” a zero-tolerance program requiring criminal prosecution and incarceration for all illegal border crossers regardless of prior criminal activity or lack thereof. Despite intentions this program has not proved to reduce the number of illegal’s entering and has in fact produced situations within the courts that have been ruled as violating the law. If this program was suspended pending a
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