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“In 2006, the United States arrested approximately 1.89 million people for drug-related offenses, up from 581,000 in 1980,” (Priority Issues: Substance Abuse, para. Many people arrested for drug-related offenses were incarcerated for non-violent crimes, even though they were not direct threats to society.
Incarcerating these offenders seemed to be the best way to insure that they stopped using drugs.
Many inmates have to deal with the harsh conditions of prisoner rape, gang violence, excessive force used by corrections officers, contagious diseases, and much more.
It is estimated that one out of every 100 adults in the United States are guests of jails and prisons, a total population of about 2.3 million people. Between 20, the prison population increased 47 percent from 19,309 to 28,389.
Offenders should be adequately rehabilitated while in prison in order for them to become productive members of society, to reduce recidivism rates, to reduce costs, and to enhance the safety of communities. “In many cases-particularly cases of violent crime-the best way to handle criminal behavior is to incapacitate criminals by incarcerating them,” (Priority Issues: Prisons, para. In 2009, there were 760,400 people incarcerated in jails and 1,524,513 people in prisons in the United States.
For these more than two million inmates, life can be terrifying and difficult.
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