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prison term policy recommendation

April 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in criminology, law

As the government disputes the advantages of extending the prison term for people found guilty of armed robbery , lots of features regarding cause and effect should be carefully analyzed . While this action would be politically beneficial and seems to be a quick , easy answer to minimize crime , the end result seems to be counterproductive

The prison system functions on restricted funding . The accumulation of prison time , while efficient for keeping consistent criminals off the street , results in further overcrowd prisons . This circumstance generates a `revolving door ‘ effect which sets free violent criminals [banner_entry_middle]

br before time and adds to an environment that is barely encouraging to rehabilitation . The U .S . imprisons a higher percentage of its inhabitants than any other industrialized country . It is not in the best interest of the country ‘s population because citizens must pay increased taxes to construct more prisons , to help a growing inmate population and are less safe in the end . The economy is also damaged as this tax money is thrown away unnecessarily rather than being used within the community . This debate inspects the realities , both pro and con , regarding the adding of time and obligatory sentences to existing laws

For more than 25 years legislators have repeatedly updated sentencing policies by enacting guideline-based obligatory sentences . Of these adjustments , the set prison terms handed down by politicians have been by far the most prevalent . The tendency toward more strict sentencing reforms has had enough time to be meticulously researched and specific conclusions drawn from these studies . The first determination has been that the broadly held perspectives on which these `tougher ‘ sentencing laws were enacted from the community through their legislature were for the most part inaccurate . The sentences for violent criminals were not as relaxed as commonly assumed proceeding to this period of massive reforms nor were they softer than sentences imposed in other industrialized countries for the same offenses . Misrepresented data used by political action groups along with a media that focused its interest on irregular examples of light sentences handed to violent criminals . During the last 25 years the U .S . has seen an unparalleled proliferation of state and federal prisoners . Between 1980 and 1993 the number of persons incarcerated in these institutions grew from 329 ,000 to 949 ,000 . By 1994 , there were over a million persons in prison . Including those incarcerated in jails , over 1 .5 million people were in prison at the end of 1995 (Gilliard Beck , 1996 . This proliferation of the inmates was caused by sentencing reorganizations such as that which is under consideration before this legislature

The sentencing reforms that began in the 1980s had a straightforward idea , to contain and reduce criminal activity by extending prison sentences which served not only to eliminate offenders from the society for a longer period of time but to discourage others as well . The theory behind this is that the risk of long prison stays causes those considering crime to rethink their actions . Techniques such as the `three strike rule ‘ cuts… [banner_entry_footer]


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