Yes, it is important for the United States to try to do more about the growth rate of the prison population. The United States should not have so many people in prison. It would be wise for the country to try to get to the root of the problem so that it can be solved.
The United States should take measures to slow the growth rate of the country's prison population. There are too many non-violent drug offenders locked up. The government should decriminalize marijuana, and stop locking up non-violent drug offenders. Also, the criminal justice system should focus more on rehabilitating less dangerous criminals, sending fewer to prison.
Something should definitely be done to lower the current population of North America's prison system, especially within certain demographics. A big issue with this, and something else that needs to be tackled, is the growth industry of items being crafted and worked on for low pay by prisoners - this is unacceptable.
Yes, the U.S. should do more to slow the growth rate of the prison population. The best thing the government can do is to implement more reformative programs in prisons so that prisoners can reform their behaviors and avoid committing more crimes in the future. This way, fewer prisoners will reenter the prison system after leaving.