Prison System Corruption

By PillMan · Mar 11, 2013 · ·
  1. PillMan
    This is my first blog and I would like to post an essay that I wrote for school. I already turned it in and got a grade for it, as it is pretty old. I would just like to see others opinions on my paper.

    Prison System

    Society in this time era has gone through intense measures to keep people locked away in prison cells, no matter what the cost may be. This has caused our prisons to be overcrowded and has left no room for true criminals such as serial killers, rapists, or even kidnappers. There are over 218,000 people in prison right now and more than half of them are in there for non-violent offences ("Federal bureau of," 2011). The cost of sending someone to prison today is $48,214 a year (Noriega, 2010). The problem with this is that we are wasting a lot of money and sending people to prison when we don’t have the money or room to incarcerate these people.

    One proposition to handle this would be to stop making non-violent offences anything more than a misdemeanor. Instead, people should just be written a ticket and have to pay for the crime they committed with money instead of their lives. If someone goes to prison for stealing six hundred dollars worth of material and gets a five year sentence, then society is going to end up spending over $200,000 dollars on the crime (Noriega, 2010). Instead of wasting this money to put another human in prison, we could just make him pay for his crime. This way we could lower our taxes or at least put our tax money somewhere better than the corrupt prison system.

    Keeping people in prison for non-violent offences also affects the prison system to such a point that violent criminals are back on the street due to overcrowding. Proposing the idea that we stop sending people to prison for crimes that are not violent, then we would have room for the real criminals such as murderers, and rapists. This in return will keep a lot of violence off of the streets, and make some parents less worried about their children. Sending someone to prison that has no history of violence also has another effect on society. This person may go in to prison a non-violent criminal, but will most likely come out being very violent due to the harsh life of living “on the inside.”

    Another cost efficient way to handle a non-violent criminal would be to send him to school. This way, it would not only cost less money but it would also promote higher education within our society. “These new students should be expected to maintain good grades and behavior, otherwise they would be returned to prison (Noriega, 2010).” This standard would help them maintain a good lifestyle as they will not want to go back to prison without having a second chance. After graduating from college they will be required to pay back what they spent on going to school like most people do, saving us even more money in the long run (Noriega, 2010).

    The overcrowding of the prison system has cost our society a lot of money and has left many violent offenders out on the street. I have proposed a couple of solutions to help make these situations less of a problem. These solutions are keeping non-violent offenders out of prison and/or sending them to college. If these propositions are put into effect, and they work, then society will save a lot of money and be in safer environments, helping the economy work out better.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons. (2011, November 26). Retrieved from

    Noriega, C. A. (2010, January 21). UCLA Today. Retrieved from

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  2. PillMan
    I would hope everyone here agrees with this. Although, if someone does not agree then I would like to hear any points they may have.
  3. derpahderp
    Not bad PM

    If you watch the movie Breaking the Taboo: End The Drug War

    - they touch upon that and go further into the business side of how the business is keeping those prisons fillled. Keeping your thoughts in mind of educating and rehabilitating non-violent offenders was very easy to read and written line item by line item for the person to formulate and break down on their own.
  4. runnerupbeautyqueen
    I don't know id I agree with the idea of forcing them to go to school. I think it would nice if it were an option, as in "either go to prison or go to school." College is expensive and people with drug convictions are not available for any financial aid. I'm guessing that most people facing prison probably also don't have the best credit scores so they may not be able to get any kind of student loans and if they are they able to they will likely have a much higher interest rate. You didn't mention anything about how long they would be expected to go to school or how many credit hours they would need. Also, when people are forced to go to school or prison they will probably pick school but how dedicated will they be? Having students in a class who aren't taking it seriously and who are just trying to do the bare minimum possible to pass will bring the rest of the class down. Imagine group assignments only you get stuck in the group with a bunch of ex convicts who just want the D so end up getting stuck doing the work the whole group because you want an A. And what's to stop them from just taking a course load with classes like "racket sports" or classes that really don't help them in terms of skills needed for actual jobs. So then you're left with a bunch of people with 40 credit hours in underwater basket weaving who are no more able to find a job then previously only now they have a bunch of high interest loans they either can't or have no desire to pay back making it harder for serious students to get loans. What if they just aren't smart enough to complete the classes they need? Criminals tend to have lower IQ's and lots of them probably didn't finish high school or even care to. Can you really fault someone who just isn't capable of doing math above a high school level?

    Plus, while they are in school they likely won't be able to work much or at all (full time students working full time jobs are possible but rare, most end up doing one or the other part time). So while they are in school they aren't going to be making as much money as they could otherwise which means they are probably going to need some type of government assistance and even if they don't they won't be paying as much in taxes and they won't be able to pay off their court fines and stuff as quickly. What if they already had a skill set and a job that paid well but now they have to quit or go part time and risk getting fired to go to school? By putting them in school you are also taking them out of the workforce.

    I think a better idea might be some type of job training. Something that can be completed in like a year that will translate into real word skills they can use in actual jobs. Then they are working and paying taxes, aren't racking up debt, and maybe then if they decide they want to go to school they will be in a better position to afford it.

    I'm just playing devils advocate. Overall I think you did a good job with your essay and I agree with your points :applause::thumbsup:
  5. PillMan
    They are not forced to go to school. They have the option of serving their time or going to school. There is also criteria that must be met or they go back to prison. It is actually a very good idea when you go into greater detail.

    I go to school with a guy right now that is in this program. He makes all A's and everyone loves him. We are talking about non violent offenders here, not killers and rapists.

    Not true. By putting them in school you are taking them out of the prison system and putting them in school. Which also gives them a chance to be in the workforce at the same time. They also don't rack up debt by going to school. They use the money it would cost to lock them up to pay for school.

    I don't know what else I may have wanted to respond to but thank you for saying you liked my essay runnerupbeauryqueen! Means a lot coming from you. Same for you Derp. Thanks.:thumbsup:
  6. runnerupbeautyqueen
    I like the idea of school over jail time. I was just trying to play devils advocate.

    The people who debate the best are the people who can debate both sides
  7. PillMan
    Lol yea I understand. I usually argue both sides no matter how much I may agree with one side. :laugh: I was just arguing against your post and backing up my essay.

    But yea of course not every offender will do the school thing. Whether they are "to cool" for school or just don't give a damn.

    Maybe they will start doing it more and we can see how well it actually works.
  8. Frmrjunkie
    it's a fantastic idea if we lived in a society that afforded people, with substance abuse problems, be treated humane.
    unfortunately, here in the magnificent (sarcasm) USA the system treats dopers & petty criminals as terrible as they do rapists, pedophiles, murders
    plus there's BIG MONEY in the *in*justice system so we will see nothing as sensical as reform any time soon
    imagine how many cops, lawyers, judges, dea, atf, prison guards, et al would be out of a job if we implemented a system that made sense...think about it you think the people in power will ever fuck themselves that much? they'd lose too much precious money
  9. I_MISS_160s
    Its incredible how the prison systom seems to love to take in active addicts and make them go thru absolute loving hell while detoxing with absolutely no help pysically or mentally... To me this sounds the HARSH and UNEASONABLE punishment...

    these people who do this to detoxing addicts in prisons and laugh and say "suck it up" have probably never had a serious withdrawal symptom in their life. I know this is harsh but I wish we could inflict some Acute WD and PAWS on them for a few days to give them some comparable compassion..

  10. PillMan
    I miss 160's - That is an excellent point that never crossed my mind while writing this.

    Going through withdrawals while locked up is the worst...been there. Some reason I didn't think about it while writing.

    I can't imagine how many people, every day, go through withdrawals in jail or prison.
  11. Beenthere2Hippie
    Fresh thinking on your part. How about we have them do some community service also, so they can build character and make new quality friends as well? Our communitiess need their help:thumbsup:
  12. Diverboone
    I think you should have reference the total prison population, as to just the Federal prison population. The total number of people incarcerated is a much more eye catching attention getter.

    Both of your options have been advocated by many and still are. The drug legalization movement groups advocate these and many other options. The War on Drugs is a driving force behind prison corruption. This war has resulted in the colossal grow of incarceration.
  13. PillMan
    Like I said before, this essay is pretty old and the final draft was actually longer than this. It also had all the citations present.

    I really am hesitant on going through the trouble in finding the original paper with the citations but I will certainly do so if anyone finds it necessary.
  14. Diverboone
    It's a good essay. I for one knows what it feels like on the inside looking out. I was locked away for a non violent crime.
    My earlier post was not meant in a negative way. I advocate some of the same theories your essay does.
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