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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice Abraham Lincoln said this in 1865 but his words should not be overlooked when considering how people are punished in todays unforgiving United States When it comes to the punishment of criminal offenders the public is becoming less tolerant As always the more serious the crime the more dire the punishment On the same note it seems like the judicial system has begun to impose stricter legislature against youths Every new case brings with it the possibility of a new statute that can sway a jury in court Of course each crime deserves some kind of punishment Without discipline there would undoubtedly be chaos My concern however is whether the punishment is just or unjust Imprisoning a human being for a crime does not bring justice for this type of retribution against a child or adult is inhuman It is wrong to assume that imprisonment will cause people to become better people Punishment in essence is the act of penalizing someone for wrongdoing In an attempt to gain control over criminals society has adopted a system of prisons and jails to hold those who commit crimes ranging from fraud to homicide The problem is that there are more people committing violent and non-violent crimes than ever before and there are not enough prisons to handle the increase in offenders One prison is built every eight months on average to accommodate criminals but little to no money is being spent on trying to introduce these criminals back into society This is becoming a major problem for two reasons First prisons have become overcrowded which has begun to cause violence within the prisons Second more than half of those who do manage to be paroled end up back in prison for a different crime It has become more expensive to keep a person in prison than it is to actually help then return to society
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