Doesn't having this many people out of the work force hinder the economic growth the country could be gaining from having them working full time jobs? Don't we want people back in the workforce instead of becoming a tax burden on the American people who are working full time? How does locking people away help the growth of the nation? Undecided I don't have enough info.
Yes, but need to be sent to different facilities or housing that has educational services set up to help them recover or rehabilitate from the specific crime they have committed, instead up being locked up in a prison that can turn them into the animals they want us to become.
No. If we legalize marijuana across the board, the recidivism rate would drop dramatically. Most violent offenders start off with a drug charge. We can mitigate the age of the first offense by doing away with possession charges.
Ideally, more efficient prisons should be designed and constructed, funding for prisoner education and skill building should be increased or better used, electronic monitoring established as a safety net, and the former prisoner should give back to their community through daily services. A system or working body can not be totally effective with disproportionately weak and sturdy facets of its foundation.
We need and should strive to achieve a strong and sustainable version of each of the above pillars. So, essentially (though rather narrowly), some non-violent prisoners should be released under electronic supervision and the legal and moral obligation to carry out daily acts of community service.
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