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Running head: PRISON OVERCROWDING 1 Prison Overcrowding Stephenie Hyatt CJS/200 October 19, 2010 Monty Mathis
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PRISON OVERCROWDING 2 Prison Overcrowding Since 1960 politicians have been getting tougher on crime passing tougher sentencing laws. Which require judges to use stiffer mandatory sentencing guidelines, and with this more people end up in prison or jails and are causing overcrowding. Mandatory sentencing was believed to have harsher sentencing then in the past, and would help in making people think before they commit a crime and decrease crime rates, and at the same time keep convicted criminals away from the public. Instead by the end of the 80’s violent crimes were up, and has increased dramatically since the 50’s. With the war on drugs has increased the population in prisons, and the three strikes you are out law more and more criminals are being put into prison’s. Even some states passed “truth in sentencing which put restrictions on judges granting early release
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Unformatted text preview: or early parole to convicted criminals.” (Article, 2009) In order to ease the voter’s minds on state and federal levels legislators continue to hand out harsh penalties for crimes even in the face of major overcrowding systems. It also seems that with the decline in economical issues in society, and the lack of jobs has also increased the crime rate which in turn has added to more population in our nation’s prisons. The way the legislatures are about passing laws to not do this and not do that, and they should focus on what our nation was like in the 1950’s when crime was down, and the prisons were not heavily populated as they are now. PRISON OVERCROWDING 3 Reference Prison Overcrowding." Issues & Controversies on File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies . Facts on File News Services, 15 July 2009. Web. 19 Oct. 2010. <http://www.2facts.com/article/i0900010> ....
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