Any last thoughts……(Summary)

US-Flag-Prison72We believe that incarceration rates in the United States are too high. In the United States, 500 per 100,000 people are incarcerated compared to 100 per 100,000 in the rest of the world. Within that statistic, one in three black males is expected to go to jail in their lifetime and that compares to one in seventeen white males. Also, nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the United States. Minority disparity, public funding of prisons, mental health of prisoners, and racial oppression are some of the things that are wrong with the country’s prison system.  We put people in state prison for mere drug possession, petty property crimes, and other victimless crimes alongside the violent criminals. We need to try to keep people out of prison and not put them in prison. Also, while people are in prison, they should be able to learn how to adapt to the real world when they get out and also receive an education for themselves. A lot of the people in prison come from a low class society and do not have the privilege to know how to hold a job or get an education.This could teach them to earn their way properly and also could prevent recidivism.

US-prison-systemWe believe ex-offenders should have the ability to vote. Without the ability to vote, these citizens are left out of a big part of our population that are being under represented. Without their representation, the U.S., will continue to be the highest in incarceration rates. We also believe it would be beneficial to criminals, ex-convicts, states, and society as a whole if the legal system works to create behavior improvement programs and teaching programs. Some of these programs can help rule out people who have mental disorders and may commit crimes as a result of their compromised mental state, for which they should get proper treatment, not a prison sentence. All inmates face so many obstacles once they are released but minorities face even more obstacles that are systematically difficult to overcome. We advocate for lower incarceration rate, for the minorities, for women incarcerated, the mentally ill, and anyone who has been mistreated in this country of inmates….


Refutation: Mental disorders

Prisoners may a have mental illness because of being in prison instead of having a mental illness prior to being incarcerated. When a person is in prison they are confined to an uncomfortable bed, small spaces, and have to worry about the rest of the prisoners taking their stuff or harming them. All of these things combined can make a person go insane. There are many sexual assault cases in prisons that are not usually reported. These cases can contribute to a person having a mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Along with the sexual assaults happening in prison, the prisoners rarely, if ever, see their family and friends. It is not only missing your family and friends, it is that you may lose support or feel like you have lost support from them. When a person has lost support from the people they love and care about, they may turn more violent or have a mental breakdown. Prisons can be the problem instead of people already having mental illnesses.

There are many mentally ill people serving time in prison. Some of the people that are mentally ill can spend their parole in mental hospitals. Each year at the mental hospital the prisoner gets a trial that either qualifies them as mentally ill or sends them back to prison if they are not. This could be a way for prisoners to get out of prison or serve their time without being locked in a prison with many other people that want to hurt them or also to get out of doing work. Also, in the mental hospitals there are people that have not committed a crime that are being treated for a disorder and they are being treated alongside the people that have committed a crime. The fact is that people with mental disorders should be treated for the disorder, but not in the same way that someone that did not commit a crime and also has a disorder.

Allowing Drugs May Help Lower the Incarceration Rate

According to the Huffington Post, around 50% of prisoners in the Federal prison system are the for drug offenses.  The largest number of offenses dealt with marijuana, which is the most acceptable illicit drug in today’s society.  I believe that people should have the right to do drugs as long as they do not interfere with the rest of society, which would be along the same lines as alcohol with drinking and driving.  Although, people who traffic drugs and sell them in large quantities should face charges, but not as serious as they are today. Getting rid of sentences for drug offenses would reduce a large amount of people in the prison system which reduces the incarceration rate, and it would save the governments money because they would not have to house the inmates.


About Me

My name is Chris Bush and I’m studying criminal justice at the University of Maryland and I’ve studied at a two year college before coming here.  Criminal Justice interests me greatly and there are so many aspects of it that can be simplified into smaller categories and studied at a finer level.  One thing that is very important is looking at the Prison system in the United States.  Many people are being held in prison for petty crimes and others are not being treated the proper way in prison.  Prisoners can take up a large sum of our tax dollars to incarcerate them for the duration of their sentence.  There needs to be a cheaper alternative to this.  There are also people that suffer from mental illness’ in prison and they do not get the proper treatment for their disorder.  Prisons should also teach prisoners the proper way to act in society and also give them a good reintegration program so they can function in society when their sentence is up.  There are many things that we can change about our current prison system.