Thursday, April 5, 2012

Correctional Systems In The United States

The issue that I researched from Holding On is the amount of people that are currently in prison in the United States. What I found is that there are over two million people currently locked up in the U.S. This statistic shows that the United States has the highest amount of people in prison than any other country in the world. This is a rather alarming statistic that made me wonder how much money our country has to pay in order to sustain these prisoners? This is a serious issue considering our countries ever increasing debt. What I found is that states spent 51.7 billion dollars on their correctional systems in 2008. This is an extremely high number that needs to be cut somehow. Though I believe there is an obvious need for prisons, perhaps making prison a little less appealing to prisoners by making cuts in the budget would help improve these statistics.


  1. What would it be like if prisoners were only allowed to eat once a day and they had to spend all of their time locked in a cell? I think that people would have a different attitude about jail then what they do today. We need to make jail less attractive.

  2. Jhon,

    I do find that the prisons are over populated. unfortunatly alot of the men in women in there are wrongly accused, not saying all of them because lord knows we have a high crime rate in america but there is some in there that truley dont belong. I feel for the ones who are repeat offenders the should not have any luxuries at all, but for the ones whom can be reabilitated or those who dont belong they need to concentrate on releasing them to save money.