Incarceration Problem In The United States The United States has had an enormous prison problem for many year now. Around a 7 million prisoner sized problem, locked up in local jailhouses, state corrections facilities, and penatanteries that come together to form the world’s largest prison industrial complex ever.
Since the 1980″s the number of imprisoned citizens in the US has more than quadrupled an unmatched rise that can be attributed to four decades of being “tough on crime”, and along side the war on drugs but most importantly a broken system. This problem has been going on for decades but only until recently have we begun to talk about. Today more than 1 out of every 100 Americans is locked up behind bars, the US has the largest prison population in the world, not just in terms of total inmates but also as a percentage of total population. The numbers are ridiculas the US incarceration rate is close to 3.5 times higher than that of Mexico, a that has spent the last two decades in an actual drug war, and between eight and 10 times higher than the countries in Europe. There are more people locked up in the US than in Russia and China combined.
The US is home to a quarter of the world’s prisoners, this is around 22 percent, despite accounting for 4.4 percent of the global population. The expense generated by these overcrowded prisons cost the country a substantial amount of money every year. And this money comes from the taxpayers, an average of 32,000 per inmate to be more exact. While people are incarcerated for a number of reasons, the country’s prisons are focused on punishment rather than reform, and the result is a misguided system that fails to rehabilitate criminals or discourage crime.
The ineffectiveness of the United States’ criminal justice system is caused by mass incarceration of non-violent offende