The United States is the world leader in incarcerating its citizens. Mass incarceration began in the 1980s after strict drug laws disproportionately targeted blacks and Latinos for incarceration, causing the prison population to increase four-fold. These increased incarceration rates do not rehabilitate people but simple warehouse them, costing billions of tax payers’ dollars.
For your term paper on criminal justice or crime and punishment, consider writing about prison reform laws and ways to reduce incarceration rates. Read more