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Should more prisons be built to house the rapidly growing U.S. prison population? Or should the sentencing procedures that have put so many Americans behind bars be reexamined?

* Supporters of tough sentencing and more prison say: More prisons should be built to house the increasing inmate population, in order to keep the national crime rate low and protect the public. Furthermore, they argue, punishing convicted criminals with harsh sentences discourages other potential criminals from breaking the law.


* Critics of tough sentencing and more prisons say: Lenghty mandatory sentences and the war on drugs have placed more than 500,000 nonviolent drug offenders behind bars, creating an unnecessary strain on the nation's prison facilities. Alternatives to incarceration, such as mandatory drug - or alcohol treatment programs, should be used to curb the prison population.


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Re: Prison Overcrowding:


I definitely think that the law should be reviewed ... in many cases and improvements without doubt can and should be made.

But I see nothing wrong with building more prisons/ jails to house prisoners who break the law. You do the crime, you should do the time... but I think when someone goes to prison for 15 years over a drug charge and someone who commits a sex act on a child only serves 4 years... theres a hole in the system, thats in desperate need of repair.

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amazing point. and i agree.

what i also think is that they really should find other means of punishment besides jail. because alot of the time, small time criminals really do come out of jail better at their craft, than repented. and then they just go out and do even bigger crimes. because prison really is like a school. and the inmates do learn from eachother, and a small car theif can learn the art of selling drugs by the time he gets out. this can not be helping our society.

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Well there def couldnt be a better place for a criminal to perfect his art, than in a prison system, surrounded by others.

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The answer is obvious: Put them to work. To not have them do mandatory labor is disgustingly illogical. Why have prisoners sitting around all day. Make them give back to society. Drug abusers are going to go back and do drugs again. They say "nonviolent drug offenders" People who buy drugs will only encourage the growers of the plants in Columbia to continue to do so and that gives drugs to the violents ones. I think that instead of looking at the prisons, look at columbia. Columbia really is the cause of our drug problems. Cut it at its source.

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hmmm...so you are thinking lets go back to the chain gang days.

not sure how much it helped crime back then.

and i agree...only when we nip this drug issue at the source can we really solve it. ofcourse i'm not suggesting blow columbia of the face of the earth...lol. i would love to go one day. but there must be a way of stopping this drug flow from coming into the country.

although i believe that there is secretly no rush to stop drug crimes because money seized from drug deals are kept and used by the states, and i think they like it.

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No. The chain gangs were slaves who didn't commit crimes they were just unfortunate enough to be slaves. (By the way I would like to point out something. Even though slavery is wrong, think that the descendents of slaves are very lucky to be here in the good ole U.S. of A. and not in Africa suffering from Malaria or Ebola.)I'm saying that they work somewhere where they're picking up trash or building or painting something. And don't take pity on murderer's and rapists. There is not a punishment great enough for them. Anyway, did you ever see "Clear and Present Danger?". Awesome awesome movie. We couldn't do that because the Senate wouldn't approve but the solution is to get rid of the Cartels. The way we get rid of them is something that we can't do.

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for the descdents of slaves comment i would have to say that africa probably wouldn't be like that today if the slaves would not have been taken. africa was once a safe, healthy, beautiful place to be.

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So? Just because some people left Africa doesn't mean that Malaria wouldn't have existed. And it's not like Africa was emptied out. They took SOME people. Poverty would still exist anyway either way. That's kind of an ignorant statement to say that it USED to be a good place. There are still beautiful places in Africa. For example Mt. Kilamanjaro. It's not like Africa's land completely changed from an Oasis to Desert hell hole in 300 years, it's alway been like that. If Africa is bad today it's because of the people in Africa.

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whoa....hmmm how to comment on this and be understood....brb

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