THE COSTLY U.S. PRISON SYSTEM: TOO COSTLY IN TERMS OF DOLLARS, NATIONAL PRESTIGE AND LIVES provides a careful, close-up look of what’s wrong with the prison system and how to fix it from a conservative perspective .
The key topics covered include:
- a recent history of incarceration in the U.S.
- facts about our prisons and correctional system
- the high rate of recidivism after prisoners are released
- how other countries deal with prisons and recidivism
- how one U.S. state and city have dealt with prisons and recidivism
- ways to reduce recidivism and incarceration and cut costs
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why Do We Have So Many Prisoners?
CHAPTER 1 – HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Recent History of Incarceration in the U.S.
Causes for the Rise in Incarceration
An Analysis of Violent Crime and Incarceration Statistics Since 1960
What Mechanisms Were Used to Increase Incarceration?
Misrepresenting the Extent of the Violent Crime Problem
CHAPTER 2 – FACTS ABOUT OUR PRISONS AND CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM
The Cost of Prisons
The Prison System
The Prison-Industrial Complex
Prison Overcrowding and Riots
The Parole and Probation Systems
Different Types of Prisoners
CHAPTER 3 – HOW OTHER COUNTRIES DEAL WITH PRISONS AND RECIDIVISM
Examples of Prisons in Other Countries
Africa and Asia
CHAPTER 4 – HOW OREGON AND NEW YORK CITY HAVE DEALT WITH PRISONS AND RECIDIVISM
New York City: Does It Offer Tips to Reduce Incarceration Without Increasing Crime?
Major Factor #1 in Reducing Violent Crime in NYC: Reducing Recidivism
Major Factor #2 in Reducing Violent Crime in NYC: Increased Incarceration
How Did Incarcerating Convicts in Jail Affect Crime Rates?
Major Factor #3 in Reducing Violent Crime in NYC: Increased Police Staffing
Other Contributing Factors in Reducing Violent Crime in NYC
Minor Factors in Reducing Violent Crime in NYC
Lessons to Be Drawn from NYC 109
More Incarceration Does Not Always Result in Less Crime
CHAPTER 5 – REDUCING RECIDIVISM
The Effects of Incarceration and Recidivism on Families
Some Reasons for High Recidivism
Reducing Recidivism Reduces Incarceration
Some Ways to Reduce Recidivism
Education Programs for Prisoners
Current Programs Aimed at Reducing Recidivism
Legislation Dealing with Recidivism
Changes in Policy to Provide More Rehabilitation
Some Problems in Reducing Recidivism Rates
What Else Can Be Done to Reduce Recidivism?
A Jail Program for Drug Addicts
CHAPTER 6 – MORE WAYS TO REDUCE INCARCERATION
Should the Feds Take the Lead or States and Counties?
The Role Conservatives Can Play in Fixing the System
The Effectiveness of the Conservative Approach in the South
Incentives for Increasing or Decreasing Incarcerations
Incentives for Increasing Incarceration
How the Census Promotes Longer Sentences
Incentives for Decreasing Incarceration
Measures to be Considered
Why Longer Sentences Aren’t a Deterrent
Juveniles Should Not Be Imprisoned Together with Seasoned Adult Criminals
Reducing the Number and Length of Incarcerations
Another Initial Fix to Reduce Incarceration
Dealing with Violent Criminals
Longer Term Approaches to Reduce Incarcerations
Status of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Measures to Reduce Admissions
Actions to Take at the Initial Point of Contact with the System
Measures to Increase Releases
Prison/jail/court practices and policies
Requiring More Time to Implement:
Requiring Still More Time to Implement:
A Short Primer on Correlation Analysis
Other Authors’ Conclusions Regarding the Causes of the Decline in Crime
Comparisons Between Correlations of Incarcerations vs. Changes in Incarcerations
Minor Influences on the Simultaneous Reductions of New York City
Violent Crime and Incarceration
Misdemeanor Arrests for Marijuana
The Influence of the Broken Windows and Stop and Frisk Approaches
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Author Paul Brakke is a scientist based in Central Arkansas. He became interested in studying the criminal justice system when his life was turned upside down after his wife was falsely accused of aggravated assault