Incarceration vs rehabilitation

In this article I am wanting opinions on incarceration vs rehabilitation.  Do you feel the money spent on incarcerating a person could be better spent.

I would like to know your opinion. How do you feel about the following questions. 


1. What do you think about the incarceration rate in the U.S.?

2. Do you feel the sentence is more harsh than what the people deserve?

3. With the amount of money spent per year on incarcerating a person. Do you feel it could be better used for rehababilitation instead of overcrowding the jails and prisons?



In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world's population, it houses around 22 percent of the world's prisoners. Corrections (which includes prisons, jails, probation, and parole) cost around $74 billion in 2007 according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics 

In 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States that about 2,298,300 people were incarcerated out of a population of 323.1 million. This means that 0.71% of the population was behind bars. Of those who were incarcerated, about 1,351,000 people were in state prison, 646,000 in local jails, 211,000 in federal prisons, 34,000 in youth correctional facilities, 33,000 in immigration detention camps, 14,000 in territorial prisons, 5,500 in civil commitment, 2,400 in Indian country jails, and 1,400 in United States military prisons. 

No one wants to go to prison, but too many in the United States end up there. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 707 of every 100,000 people are locked up the United States. In Germany, it's 76 per 100,000. Spain is at about 140. China's at 124. Out of wealthy countries, America's number one—the best—at putting people behind bars. With only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States hold 25 percent of the world's prison population. How did we get here?

It's helpful to look at examples. California has the second largest prison population in the United States. The state has built 22 prisons since 1980 while it built only one university campus in that time. Not exactly an attractive figure, and it's even worse when you consider that it costs the state $8,667 per year to educate a college student at a state university compared to the $45,006 annual cost of housing a prisoner, according to CNN.


Michael lannon | 01-06-2018

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