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 truth-in-sentencing laws. Each state determines the meaning of truth in sentencing laws and the amount of time required to be served. In most truth-in-sentencing it is mandatory that offenders serve eighty-five percent of the sentences given by the court (USLegal, 2014).
The National Institute of Justice sponsored an Urban Institute study that examined the effects of the Federal Truth in Sentence legislation on State Truth in Sentence reforms and of selected State Truth in Sentence policies on prison populations. This study focused on two questions that needed answers. The study focused on whether states integrated Truth in Sentence into their law and if they did, to what degree the Federal Truth in Sentence Incentive Grant Program…
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