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Federal and state authorities have made incarceration a primary weapon in the war on crime and drugs, resulting in skyrocketing imprisonment rates rising by 700% since the 1970s.
Today, 2.2 million Americans are doing time; 1 in 100 adults are behind bars in a criminal justice system costing $210 billion annually. Each federal prisoner costs roughly $29,000 yearly.
But taxpayers have gotten little for their money. Correction facilities are overcrowded and ineffectual at rehabilitating offenders and helping them find a place in society as breadwinners, taxpayers and productive citizens.
Despite record spending, recidivism is high. A 2002 study found that 67.5% of prisoners were rearrested within 3 years. Long imprisonments do nothing to reduce recidivism, so longer mandatory sentences are no answer.
Prisology sees the reform of the criminal justice system as the way forward. Prisoners who are:
Given fair punishments, rather than harsh mandatory sentences,
Offered real opportunities to educate and rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated,
Given fair housing and job opportunities upon reentry, are less likely to commit new crimes.
Prisology has already demonstrated the huge benefits to taxpayers of reform: Our 2013-14 victory, changing U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines, could lead to the early release of 46,000 low-level drug offenders, and save taxpayers $2.4 billion.
Your support will lead to future reforms making the criminal justice system fairer, efficient, and less of a tax burden. Join us!
America’s Preoccupation With Incarceration Comes With A Stiff Financial Price Tag: $210 Billion Annually For A Failed Criminal Justice System.
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