Prison overcrowding is a social phenomenon occurring when the demand for space in prisons in a jurisdiction exceeds the capacity for prisoners.The issues associated with prison overcrowding are not new, and have been brewing for many years. During the United States’ War on Drugs, the states were left responsible for solving the prison overcrowding issue with a limited amount of money. Moreover, federal prison populations may increase if states adhere to federal policies, such as mandatory minimum sentences. On the other hand, the Justice Department provides billions of dollars a year for state and local law enforcement to ensure they follow the policies set forth by the federal government concerning U.S. prisons. Prison overcrowding has affected some states more than others, but overall, the risks of overcrowding are substantial and there are solutions to this problem.
Depends on what "non-violent" is classified as. If it's a crime that didn't really do a whole lot of damage, maybe that's a community service but I'm skeptical to label all "non-violent" offenses as safe to be released to the community, because that sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Non-violent offenses can certainly be a range of multiple different things, so I would say to tread with caution. We should definitely be putting those with mental health/psychological issues in places where they can get help, as well as those with addiction issues as well, as if we don't they just learn from other people in prisons and jail how to become a better criminal.
Non-violent prisoners can mean a whole lot of different criminal offences, many of which aren't fit to be in the community for public safety reasons alone. I would say it's much better to direct them to where they need the most help, be that a mental hospital/ward, addiction center or therapy, but at the same time, prison still needs to be an option as some may not respond well to the help/efforts at rehabilitation.
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