America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame.
Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are ...
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U.S. jails are overcrowded. By reallocating budgets to improving living conditions and education, crime rates will fall -- so will the stigma of U.S. incarceration and prosperity will rise.
The skills the inmates develop to survive violent prisons make them dangerous when they are released. You can't cage men like animals and then expect them to be model citizens when they return home.
Now would be a good time for legislators to revisit the policies that may or may not have reduced crime in the country but have undeniably increased the prison population to intolerable levels.
Intervention at the right age can turn a kid away from gangs, crime, and drugs for good whereas doling out stiff penalties only seems to result in more people going to prison.
For the last four decades, the laws of the land were all about dropping the hammer on crime by locking away criminals for a very long time.
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