I believe the percentage of American citizens in prison or jail is too large. When you consider the numbers for those that have been released as well, you quickly realize that a larger percentage has been affected. Since this follows a person for life, it negatively impacts their ability to return to normal life even after completing their sentence because their record continues to follow them and in most cases, makes it more difficult for them to find work. So a cycle begins where options are limited and their chances of returning to prison and jail are escalated. I believe one of the reasons the numbers are so high is the War on Drugs, which we need to end.
Some form of effective, yet less costly means of punishing most of the non-violent offenders would cut down over-populated prisons. Such facilities do deprive inmates of their freedom to go about, among the general public, cutting them off, from family, friends and other uncaptured criminals, to conspire with, but there are many offenders who actually find themselves in a sheltered environment, where they are guaranteed meals and clothing, where they may have not had such provisions, while they were free. Keeping violent criminals, such as murderers and rapists, in the prisons, yet implementing a more carefully monitored house-arrest system, where those, guilty of non-violent acts must seek employment, to pay for their accommodations, is both possible with today's technology and would provide a more cost-effective solution to the problem.
Yes, the percentage of American citizens that are in jail or prison is to large, and that is why we need to make the punishments a lot more strict on people that break our laws, so that the next person will think think twice about doing the same crime as them.
I personally think that the percentage of American citizens in prison is too large than jail because majority of the people created larger crimes than the people in jail did. I personally think that the percentage of American citizens in prison is too large which it affects people's families and the society itself.
No, the percentage of American citizens in prison or jail is not too large, because the people who are in jail deserve it. The people who commit crimes should probably spend longer time in jail than they do, because they are given millions of chances before they are given any significant punishment.