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Better Alternatives Other Than Control and PunishmentSociety has other alternatives to decreasing crime than simply locking people in prisonPreventative programs focus on the community school family employment and places Inaddition there are rehabilitation and restorative justice programs that can also be used todecrease crime Prisons are the only alternatives we hear about from politicians because of thenotion that prisons are tough on crime In reality the method that reduces crime the most is thetoughest on crime--and many research studies demonstrate prisons are not the bestOver 65 of the people convicted for 3-Strikes are for drug-related offenses There is greatevidence that putting many 3-Strikers in rehabilitation programs costs much less to society overallthan simply putting them in prison for 25 years or more In addition there are preventativeprograms that can be used rather than the prison cell Each 1 we spend on prisons is a 1 that wecould spend elsewhere or not be taxed in the first place The problem with only addressing crime by locking people in prison is that it has done nothing toalleviate the roots of the problems that cause crime in our society Other people are born andgrow up in the same areas where the previous offenders lived and will probably commit the sameacts because the underlying problems still exist There is much evidence that the gap between the wealthy and the poor is growing in the UnitedStates Unfortunately the USs response to the problem has been The rich get richer and thepoor get prison To focus on street crime and drug-related crimes can be considered a hiddenway to set up concentration camps for the poor and minorities There is much evidence thatwhite-collar corporate criminals cause much more economic wealth to be illegally distributed andcan result in many more deaths and injuries than street crime eg violating safety standards inemployment emission of environmental hazards Does society spend as much to enforce the lawson them Are they sent to prison for the same
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