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The same number of Americans have criminal records, as have college degrees: do we incarcerate too many of our citizens?

  • Yes, America incarcerates too many of its citizens.

    Yes, America incarcerates too many of its citizens because America only has 5% of the world's population but accounts for a much higher percentage of the world's incarcerated individuals. In America today, the government is building more prisons than schools in order to house the fast-growing criminal population. More steps need to be taken to stop mass incarceration in America.

  • The United States Incarcerates Too Many Citizens

    While there does need to be some type of punishment for any breaking the law, obviously prisons sentences are not the answer. Too many individuals continue to break the law while hoards and hoards of individuals continue to go to prison. This has not served to be a deterrent. There has to a better way than to spend dollar and dollar putting and keeping these individuals behind bars.

  • Yes, we incarcerate too many of our citizens.

    Yes, the American justice system places too many people into the prison system. People who have committed nonviolent crimes do not necessarily belong in jail or deserve a long-term jail sentence. For example, a person with three convictions for personal drug offenses should not be in prison for 20 years. The punishment should fit the crime, and nonviolent offenders should be permitted to pay for their crimes in another socially acceptable manner, such as repaying stolen money or providing community service.

  • Yes, I believe that America incarcerates too many of its citizens.

    Yes, I believe that America incarcerates too many of its citizens because America has 5% percent of the world's population but accounts for a much higher percentage in incarcerated individuals in the world. In America, it is very easy to get sent to prison and the government is building more prisons than schools in order to house convicted criminals.

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