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Alternatives to prisonsToday more than ever before in the history of our penal system our people are being sent to prisons all across the United States for such offenses as drug possession trafficviolations and other minor scrapes with the law Apparently the American public has decidedby popular vote that incarceration is the cure all for our countries complex crime problems However now we are facing prison overcrowding like never before in the history of TheUnited States I believe we need to look at these problems closer and analyze them in amore rational sense I do not believe that incarceration is the answer to all our problemswhen it comes the criminals in our society We are wasting billions of dollars on newprisons all across the nation Is it time we look to alternatives to the lock em up andthrow away the key attitude that plagues middle class America I sincerely believe so No one really knows the true reasons why crime occurs The oldest theory based on theology and ethics is that people who commit to crimes are perverse and do it deliberately or because the devil made them do it Although that idea has long since been discarded by modern criminologists it persists among uninformed people and provides the rational for the harsh punishments and laws that are being adopted by the people all across the nation As the eighteenth century rolled around we began to look at scientific reasons why crime was committed At the end of the eighteenth century German physician Franz Joseph Gall had advanced that skull structure had a profound effect on the likelihood of criminality1 His theory was very popular until the nineteenth century when it was discarded as absurd There have been several different theories on what makes a man not conform to public laws since that time Lombroso an Italian criminologist asserted that there is a correlation between criminals and Mongoloids which showed some validity until the 20th
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