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Rehabilitation of criminals A waste of time or worth the effort By Heather Rose 009-56-0641 Table of contents Background information on crime Since 1960 the number of violent crimes committed per capita in the United States has increased by more than 450 More than 24000 murders took place in America in 1991 With each passing year rapes robberies murder and other forms of extreme violence has become a way of life for some individuals who fall short of societys norms however it is only a small portion of criminals who commit the majority of the crimes It is no longer rare to be a victim of a violent crime or to know someone who has been affected Get tough laws passed by many states have caused a increase in prison spending Prison populations in the 1980s have more than doubled resulting in more prisons being built every year Even with all the harsh sentencing guidelines judges are not sentencing criminals to do necessary time Prisons have become a revolving door society Only 25 of those convicted are sent to prison Judges usually have to let out a inmate before another one can take his place There are limited cells in prisons so the majority of crimes are punished by probation or court sanctions Even when longer sentences are given they are rarely served The average murderer spends about six years in prison What factors decide the outcome of such
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