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Do prisons teach people to become worse criminals Many people think that a prisoner is taught how to be a better criminal while in prison Prisoners are integrated with people that have committed worse crimes than the ones that they have committed The bigger and better criminals teach the others what they need to learn to survive prison life There are many other aspects of prison that can make a prisoner worse than when he or she went in Are prisons helping to stop the crime wave For starters prisons around the United States are extremely overcrowded Wyoming is a good example of overcrowding in prisons We have had to send a number of prisoners to Colorado because we have run out of room to keep them in Wyoming The number of people sent to prisons were for drug offences more than violent crimes Some people are saying that making some drugs legal such as marijuana would decrease the number of prisoners drastically There are also evidence that even though they are in prison they can still buy and sell drugs It has been found that 80 of drug offenders that have received sentences in New York have never been convicted of a violent felony or committed a violent crime It was found that one in four drug offenders in prison was convicted of simple possession Human Rights Watch Are prisoners learning prejudice in prisons There is evidence of this Some civil rights organizations are calling for renewed scrutiny of the segregation policies of many state and federal prisons charging that they inadvertently promotes growth of hatred and serve as recruiting grounds for supremacist groups David Novak a man who spent a year in a federal prison camp said that it left an imprint of racial intolerance on him He said he felt compassion for the three white murder suspects in the killing of James Byrd Jr in Jasper TX Two of the three
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