Correctional Overcrowding In Indiana

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Correctional Overcrowding in Indiana Indiana’s correctional facilities are extremely overcrowded. It’s not just the prisons either, it’s the county jails and work release centers as well. The population in these facilities has been growing for years while being ignored by the government. While there are many reasons for the increase in prisoners, recidivism is most likely the biggest reason. Unnecessary confinement is another big reason for the overcrowding. There are many things that need to be put into effect to alleviate this problem. The biggest thing that can help is making sure that prosecutors and judges do a better job of molding an offenders sentence to the crime they commited. In 2008-2009 there were almost thirty-thousand offenders in the Indiana Department of Corrections. (ALEC) At that point in time, Indiana prisons were at ninety-nine percent capacity. (ALEC) That was not including the thousands of offenders that were being held in county jails all over the state or involved in the numerous community corrections programs such as work release or electronic home detention. The estimated growth rate in 2009 was four percent or 1,000 inmates per year. (ALEC) Over two years have passed already with no relief, 100 percent capacity is right around the corner. There is a group of senators, representatives, attorneys, judges and proffesors from all over Indiana called the Criminal Code Evaluation Commision. (IED) The group is chaired by Senetor Richard Bray from Martinsville and is governed through the Indiana General Assembly. (IED) In October of 2011 this group met about the overcrowding and were said to be able to decide how to alleviate the situation within a month. (IED) Obviously that did not happen. There are multiple causes for the overcrowding, not all of which can be helped. People commit crimes, that cannot be stopped all together. What the
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