Poverty and Prison
Hand in Hand
In a perfect world there would be equality for man, woman, and child. No person would be hungry, cold, or homeless. However, that is not the case in the world we live in, or the country that we reside. Everyday People go hungry, crimes are committed, and verdicts are reached. Our justice system is not perfect, there are loop holes and sometimes seems as if the highest bidder can win their case, no matter how simple or severe the crime. I am going to discuss how poverty and prison seem to go hand in hand in the United States. Though it may not seem to be completely fair, but we are all human and we all have one thing in common, we have the right to make our own decisions and choices that can affect our future, either positively or negatively.
There is a myth that the criminal justice system is not biased against the poor, however nearly everyone commits a crime and generally the poor are punished for it. Crime is common to all social classes of Americans, whether they be filthy rich or dirt poor, everyone at some time in their life will commit a crime of some sort. The U.S. incarcerates its citizens at a rate six times higher than Canada, England, and France, seven times higher than Switzerland and Holland, and ten times Sweden and Finland. The Western part of the world seems to the highest prison population by far on any of the other Industrialized Nations. The United States has a poverty rating of about fifteen percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau as of September 13th 2011. In which the United States has about one percent of its adult population in federal and state prisons, and county jails. Criminologist Jeffrey Reiman said,” For the same criminal behavior, the poor are more likely to be convicted; if convicted, they are more likely to be sentenced to prison; and if sentenced, more likely to be given longer prison terms than members of the middle and upper classes.” .( Reiman,Jeffrey, 1990)...