Will of individuals and the reasons why

April 4, 2019 General Studies

Will prison overcrowding ever become fixable? No one knows, the U.S government, criminal justice system, and the actions of every single individual in the world have control over this situation. Year after year the United States has continued to have the highest incarceration rate compared to the other countries. There are nearly 2.2 million individuals held in American prisons and jails. I know a lot of people may not even care to think about this situation because they’re not living that life, and really don’t know what it is happening behind close doors. Also, when people hear the word prison, they automatically have a negative thought considering the type of individuals and the reasons why they are incarcerated. Although I do agree that some individuals in prison deserve all the consequences that come with it, but not everyone is in the same predicament.
Another factor to think about is that not every criminal case is treated fairly. There are some individuals in prison who have been falsely accused of something and will still get convicted. Could you imagine having to be a part of the poor conditions of the system while knowing you are innocent? Not only does being in prison affect the person, but also family and friends in their lives as well. For example, there are 2.7 million children in the world with parents in prison.
Penal Reform international (PRI) is a specialist organization which addresses the right of suspects, offenders, and prisoners in the context of the broader criminal justice system. According to their website www.penalform.org, “prison overcrowding is one of the key contributing factors to poor prison conditions around the world. It is also arguably the biggest single problem facing prison systems and its consequences can at worst be life-threatening at best prevent prisons from fulfilling their proper function. Overcrowding is a consequence of criminal justice policy not of rising crime rates and undermines the ability of prison systems to meet basic human needs, such as healthcare, food, and accommodation. It also compromises the provision and effectiveness of rehabilitation programs, educational and vocational training, and recreational activities.” They have also developed a 10-point Plan to Reduce Prison Overcrowding to provide guidance to policy-makers on how to address prison overcrowding and mitigate its harmful consequences.
In my essay, I would like to focus on the benefits and solutions to decrease overcrowding in prisons around the Unites States. I’ve had family members experience life behind bars and I know how bad it can be. Many issues need addressed, ways to reduce the prison populations and how to effectively reduce prison costs with jeopardizing community safety are areas that need attention. Also, rehabilitating inmates can play an important role in the fight to decrease prison overcrowding. Once this situation starts to become manageable, there will be many positive changes for the security and inmates a part of a prison/jail.


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