I found the comments section of this article particularly interesting. People bot black and white appear to be divided about the initiative to decreases mass incarceration. All of this in spite of all the economic and social evidence that shows the dysfunctional system of mass incarceration.
Our group wants to advocate for lower incarceration rate. We believe it would be beneficial to criminals, states, and society as a whole if the legal system works to create behavior improvement programs and teaching programs. These programs may include psychological evaluation of prisoners, skill building programs, self-improvement activities, and teaching curriculum based on interests. This program would 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. The behavioral and teaching program will allow those in the prison system to develop desirable skills that can be used once they are out of prison, this will reduce the rate of reentry which is another issue in the U.S. prison system.
Who knew that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world! It is unfortunate that the U.S. has the most minorities (Hispanics, African Americans, etc…) incarcerated. It is concerning because as a minority, myself, hate to see how some of these individuals are mistreated by the system. Also, it should be kept in mind that several convictions are wrongful convictions. Life after prison isn’t any better. It’s the lack of fund for the programs that benefit these individual who are adjusting back to civilization. The system is doing a horrible job in giving these individual the help they need to adjust. I believe people should be familiar with something as serious as incarceration rate and the prison system. I am currently a Senior at University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Communication Studies. My hopes is to become the next Olivia Pope or something along those lines.