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Unformatted text preview: Imprisonment in America • Trends in Imprisonment • Effects of Mass Incarceration • Causes of Mass Incarceration – Mandatory Sentencing – “Three Strikes” Laws A Prison Society • 700% increase 700% increase in last 30 years in last 30 years • Over 2.2 million Over 2.2 million people now in people now in prison prison The Effects of Mass Incarceration • Prison Overcrowding – California is worst, with 173,000 inmates in prisons designed for 100,000 – Breaking Point in California Prisons • Rising Costs – Average cost per inmate/yr = $30,000 – Average salary in United States = $37,000 – States spend over $40 billion on correctional programs per year • Decimated Urban Communities Among black males 35 to 44 years of age, 22 percent are current or former prisoners, compared to 10 percent of Hispanic males and 3.5 percent of white males in the same age group. • Does imprisonment lower crime? Crime Rates and Incarceration Source: Sentencing Project 2003 Source: Sentencing Project 2003 Increases in Increases in incarceration incarceration have virtually no have virtually no relationship relationship to crime trends to crime trends State Variation...
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course SOC 012 taught by Professor Felson,richardb during the Fall '07 term at Penn State.

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