Outline.docx - Running head Locked up in America Prison...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 6 pages.

Running head: Locked up in America: Prison Overcrowding 1 Locked up in America: Prison Overcrowding Heidi Urmie CRJ422: Criminal Justice Capstone Cinda Lillibridge 4/19/2019
Locked up in America: Prison Overcrowding 2 Introduction The purpose of the United States justice system is to conform behaviors of individuals that are deemed inappropriate by society. This is meant to protect and maintain social order. When a citizen violates the rules and regulations of society, they are entered into the criminal justice system. If a person is suspected of a criminal act, they are first investigated. Once law enforcement has probable cause, they arrest the offender. The offender is then charged with the crime, arraigned, tried by a jury, convicted, and finally sentenced. Sentencing can range from electronic monitoring, probation, community service to imprisonment. Imprisonment is a form used to incapacitate a criminal so that they can no longer commit any further criminal acts against society. The problem lies with the lack of facilities that are capable of housing those who are sentenced to imprisonment. This means that the United States is facing an overcrowding epidemic within the prison system. The overzealous approach to incarceration damages not only the inmates but society as well. Those who are imprisoned have their social citizenship damaged, are affected by felon disenfranchisement and labor market exclusion, and will also suffer from civic isolation. Incarceration is meant to be a rehabilitation tool to reintegrate criminals back into society. Despite the address to the penal code for civil rights violations, there is still a rise in mass incarceration due to lack of rehabilitation efforts, racial and class discrepancies, overuse of imprisonment, and political approaches to social control.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture