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Prisons Dont Work In our society the dual purpose of imprisonment is punishment andor rehabilitation Throughout the states there is an increased prison population For example more than 40 states prison systems are under court orders to rectify overcrowding Some prisons have what is called a zero sum status A zero sum status basically means if a prison receives a new inmate it is required to release a current inmate If prisons are meant to hold criminals and punish them for their actions why are they being let out due to mathematics Prison is thought of by some to be a terrible place that people would not want to be So why do people continue to break parole and end up back in jail The rate for re-arrest for state prisoners within three years of release from prison is 68 for 18-24 year olds 64 for 25-29 year olds 63 for 30-34 year olds 57 for 35-39 year olds 49 for 40-44 year olds 40 for 45- and older There are prisoners who are released but they dont return to prison Yet the majority of prisoners released do go back to jail The rate for re-arrest is so high because criminals think theyre not going to get caught or theyre so emotionally desperate or psychologically distressed that they dont care about the consequences This apathetic attitude might not even matter because around 90 of the men never get out of prison alive The really scary part is that younger prisoners are coming out of jail as more accomplished criminals Young kids are kept in prison to long and they learn from other criminals When they are paroled they are better criminals and they wont get caught as easily How is jail working if criminals are being released better at their crimes from when they were first sentenced to imprisonment Conservative lawmakers want to try kids
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