Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass by Michael Jacobson

By Michael Jacobson

Over million everyone is incarcerated in America’s prisons and jails, 8 instances as many when you consider that 1975. crucial minimal sentencing, parole organizations reason on sending humans again to felony, three-strike legislation, for-profit prisons, and different alterations within the criminal method have contributed to this impressive upward push of the overall felony population.

After overseeing the most important urban penitentiary approach within the kingdom, Michael Jacobson understands first-hand the interior workings of the corrections method. In Downsizing Prisons, he convincingly argues that mass incarceration won't, as many have claimed, decrease crime nor create extra public security. easily positioned, throwing away the hot button is no longer the answer.

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States diverge greatly in their respective political cultures, ideologies, public concerns, and governmental priorities (including how much importance they accord public safety). For example, Iowa has a rural, farmbased economy, a part-time citizen legislature, and a relatively homogeneous population. This is quite different from diverse California, with its multifaceted economy, large cities, and full-time professional legislature. Then, too, state correction systems differ in terms of the functions they perform.

Teenage mothers, beggars, immigrants, drug users) and they are scapegoated and depicted as key players in the creation of social problems. 7 Thus, a social climate already exists in the United States that is filled with resentment toward the poor, made worse by the stresses and massive economic insecurity felt by the millions worried about hanging on to their jobs in an era of fiscal retrenchment. 8 Perhaps, then, it is not surprising that crime is more susceptible than other areas of government to the influence of high profile incidents.

L indicates. S. was 86% from 1990 to 2002, within individual states, rates of increase ranged from 22% in New York to 224% in Texas. Some rates of growth seem unexpectedly high. Though the increases in the California and Texas prison systems are fairly well known, the astounding 216% increase for Idaho and 114% increase for Hawaii were barely discussed in the media and by the public. Then, too, these differing rates of growth reflect a myriad of statespecific issues. The California system may have grown because mandatory minimum sentences for repeat felony offenders were created, and as a result of changes in parole policy.

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