The Incarceration Rate Of State And Federal Prisons

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For several decades there has been a considerable increase incarceration rate in state and federal prisons. This is due to the public demanding more castigatory laws along with harsher sentencing policies. In the United State there 2.3 million people are incarcerated in prisons and jails which make the United States the lead in the incarceration rate (Wright, 2010). Truth in sentencing law made it essential that offenders serve a significant portion of the prison sentenced handed down by the court before he or she can be considered or eligible for release. Policies implemented before reduced the quantity of time an offender served on a sentence, such as parole board release, goodtime, and earned-time are constrained or get rid of under …show more content…
The study conducted a quantitative examination of crime, arrest, population, and corrections data from seven States that focused on whether State Truth in Sentence reform actually paved the road to changes in punishments for offenders who were violent and also increased the prison population. The study found that possibility of a prison admission given arrest for serious violent offenses did not automatically increase. However, the use of incarceration augmented in four States, but diminished in the other three. But, there was an increase in expected stay depending on the severity of punishment for serious violent offenders who were sentenced to prison which augmented in all five states. On the other hand, in there were two States that did not put into practice Truth in Sentence reforms during this study period concluded that violent offender’s anticipated length of stay decreased by two months (Rosich & Kane, n.d.).
The prison population and prison admissions augmented in the majority of States that were studied. For instance, expected prison populations increased in six of the seven states studied and a number of these changes were because of the States Truth in Sentence reforms. However, the
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