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June 03, 2002

More Prisons, More Repeat Crimes

Longer prison sentences don't deter repeat criminal activity; in fact it seems to have increased it as shown in a Justice Department Report. As an analyst at the Urban Institute notes, "inmates are released having received little or no job training, drug treatment or education in how to be a better parent. Many are unable to find jobs and are barred by law from living in public housing projects, so they quickly return to crime." Or as the 7-Up commercial notes, those prison rapes probably don't help either.

Posted by Nathan at June 3, 2002 08:52 AM


I am currently working on a paper for my college english class and was wondering if you would please give me some further detail on criminal actions. For instence, what made the criminal rates go up after building prisons, and forcing longer sentences on criminals...

Posted by: Kevin Curry at February 18, 2003 02:46 PM

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