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PRISONS DO NOT WORK Right now in the United States of America murderers rapists and child molesters are being set free Prisoners are watching TV eating a meal and using exercise equipment while law abiding citizens are starving and living in the gutters Prisoners even have their own periodical Dangerous criminals are walking the streets and crime is a way of life to many Americans In America crime does pay because our nations prison system is not working The nations prison system must be changed because of major problems with the system such as overcrowding and the fact that early release programs do not work Building more jails is expensive and does not solve anything These problems can be solved by giving prisoners no chance for parole and imprisoning only violent offenders The non-violent offenders should enter a work program for the duration of their sentence Since 1980 jail and prison populations have grown by 172 percentUnited States 11 Sept 1994 Overcrowding is both inhumane to the prisoner and dangerous to the prison staff When you put a lot of people especially criminals in close quarters tensions rise and the chance of a riot increases If a riot occurs both prisoners and guards are put in danger In Texas the jails are full There is an estimated backlog of 29000 state prisoners who are incarcerated in county jails awaiting new cellsBrida 24 Nov 1994 Texas is not the only state with overcrowding problems For example Ohios prison system is operating at 180 percent of capacityVarnam 16 Also the federal prison system is 37 percent over-capacityClark 4 Feb 1994 Statistics like this are found across the country Prisons should have two results 1 keep dangerous criminals off the streets and 2 create a deterrent for committing a crime Our system has failed to do either Early release programs let prisoners out of jail before their sentence is complete This promotes good behavior in
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