Essay on Us Prison Systems : The Prison System

1533 Words Nov 30th, 2014 7 Pages
US Prison Systems Have you ever wondered what life was like locked up behind bars? Most people don’t even give it a second thought; we’re used to having our freedoms and living a normal life. However, life is not that simple for everyone; for not everyone knows how to abide by the rules. Inmates don’t get the same basic rights as we do, that gets taken away from them when they violate the social norms with their deviant behavior. There are a wide number of reasons why people get incarcerated: murder, rape, robbery, tax evasion, homelessness or even because they can’t afford health care and they know that by being in prison they are required to treat them. Not all inmates are locked up because they are violent, even though that’s what always first pops into our head. The rate of inmates being locked up has tremendously grown over the past few decades; it has gone from less than 300,000 in 1972 to reaching 2 million in 2000. Our country has put more people behind bars in state, federal and private prisons throughout the United States than any other country world-wide. Statistics show that the United States holds 25% of the worlds prison population; but only 5% of the worlds people. I want to find out what life is actually like locked up behind bars in a maximum security prison. Are the prisoners still being treated humanely? How do they live their day to day lives? What happens when they get released, do they go back to their criminal life or are they reformed?…

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