Diamond, Kendra Diamond 1
05 March 2012
The United States has a reputation of being the superior leader in war against crime. This great character has allowed the U.S. to become the ultimate judge and jury towards the misdeeds of its people. It has become the frontlines of the war on crime and has solidified these credentials by imprisoning more of its people than any other nation in the world. This claim was verified in 2008, when The Pew Center on the States reported that one in every one hundred adults in the U.S. is incarcerated (“The Problem”). Washington State hosts roughly 29, 412 prisoners, which costs taxpayers an average of $1.9 million dollars to house every day (Bureau of Justice Statistics). Those rates are on the steady incline as numbers in inmates are expected to rise 13% within the next year. The United States is expected to shell out an estimated $27.5 billion in total for the added expense to house these criminals according to The Bureau. Many feel that the excessive use of prisons as the answer to crime problems in the United States and the suggestion that the current approach to sentencing and imprisonment needs critical review.
Prison overcrowding is not written into any law in any state of the union, yet has been practiced for quite some time now. We the people, for the people are vital to governing over the laws implemented which contributes prison overcrowding. The meaning of democracy is a form of government for the people, by the will of the majority of the people (based on conception of the quality of man). The Eighth Amendment of The U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments
(United States of America). Even though our states are united together as a whole, each state primarily governs itself. The conflict of laws between State and Federal is constantly being misconstrued...