(Work release programs help inmates succeed, July/August, 2000). At least 70% of inmates in correctional facilities are in need of basic literacy skills. Only 22% of all inmates are high school graduates. Half of the inmates currently in jails and prisons committed crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fewer than half of the inmates that are currently in jails and prisons in the United States have earned more than $10,000.00 in the year before they were incarcerated.
Nearly all mentally ill inmates who are released from prison return within a very short time. When patients are released, they have no good support system to encourage the continuation of their medication or the adjustment to civilian life. They are often released with only a couple weeks
During the last decade, the lack of urgency in implementing this law has resulted in nearly 1,000,000 youth being at risk of sexual victimization in adult jails and prisons. The regulations include the Youthful Inmate Standard, which bans the housing of youth in the general adult population, prohibits contact between youth and adults in common
Lack bed space, most non-Mexican illegal immigrants apprehended are released and directed to return for a court appearance. However, 75 percent fail to show. Last year, only 30,000 of the 160,000 non-Mexicans caught coming across our Southwest border were sent home. Addressing this problem, the President has signed legislation increasing the number of beds in detention facilities by more than 10 percent over the next year. IV.
Paige Hannemann Period: 3 Mrs. Sigafoos AP European History Research Report: Mentally Ill Patients Behind Bars America's combined prison and local jail population topped 2 million inmates for the first time in history on June 30, 2002; however, the crime rates for physical or violent offences were considerably lower that year. Why is that? As we look at American history we see that in 1833, mental institutions were first built because of the maltreatment of mental patients in local jails and prisons. We then find that in 1955 the number of mental institutions grew to 1/2 million, with 560,000 patients. In 1963, a month before his death, John F. Kennedy gave 150 million dollars to the community for new mental health center programs,
The staff’s safety is jeopardized because of being out numbered in the offender to officer ratio. During fiscal year 2000 the inmate population had increased to 9.8 inmates to each correctional officer and in 2005 the inmate population was 10.9 inmates for every correctional officer. By 2011 the inmate population decreased to 10.2 which was only a 0.7 decrease (James, 2013). The ratio of offenders to officers is important because it can cause the
Specifically, 10 percent of the private prison inmates were rearrested in the 12 months following release versus 19 percent of government prison inmates. Six percent of private releases were resentenced to a new offense versus 10 percent. Furthermore, 10 percent of private inmates were reincarcerated compared with 14 percent of government inmates. The overall indicator showed that 17 percent of private releases have an indication of recidivism versus 24 percent of government releases. Nine percent of private prison inmates had a technical violation of release terms compared to eight percent government prison inmates.
These high levels of incarceration have in turn made sending people to prison profitable. Mass incarceration is not only a huge problem within itself but it has additional negative effect on productivity both economic and societal, and parental availability to their children. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) reports that from 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people” (“Criminal Justice Fact Sheet”, n.d.). According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “The United States imprisons more people—both per capita and in absolute terms—than any other nation in the world, including Russia, China, and Iran” (“Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration”, 2011). When a nation begins to incarcerate that many of its citizens people begin to question what exactly is causing this trend?
Burglary and robbery crimes have also been steadily decreasing. Juvenile felony arrests in San Mateo County dropped considerably in the late 1990s, and have varied slightly in recent years. In 2010, there were 9.3 felony arrests for every 1,000 San Mateo County juveniles. Felony DUI arrests have been on the rise every year since 2005. In a 2013 survey, when asked how safe they feel in their neighborhood, 62.7% of county residents stated “excellent” or “very good” as
With the highest crime states out of the picture it left knowingly less violent states for Brady supporters to use as proof of decreasing crime. From 1993 to present year there has been a steady five to ten percent decrease in U.S. violent crimes. The FBI reported an estimate of 1.3 million violent crimes in 2009, of which 67.1% were aggregated assaults, but of that percent, firearms were used in only 20.9% of those assaults. So, let us for example ban guns and pretend no citizens have access to them, which leaves 46.2% violent assaults where a gun was not used (U.S. Department of, 2010). High numbers of violent crimes still exist even after firearms are subtracted from the