Raise the Crime Rate, an article written by Christopher Glazek (2012) argues that the United States seems safer due to a shift in crime from urban centers to prisons. Which has become a very shameful part of the United States history. Prisoners are kept in over populated conditions that can be considered morally wrong and inhumane. Inmates face violent acts such as rape by not only other inmates but from the guards themselves who use it as a method of control. Cries for help are ignored by prison officials who would rather turn a blind eye to the situation as well as hide it form the public.
Prison populations keep increasing due to racial discrimination and outdated laws with harsh minimal punishment based on a theory, repeat offenders should be removed from the public. Glazek (2012) believes the US prison system should be abolished and citizens should put up with an increase risk in our lives, while criminals that pose a great threat to society should be executed Quetional Information While doing further research something stood out to me. Glazek (2012) states “The Supreme Court ordered the State of California to release 45 000 prisoners”.
Glazek (2012) then added “70 percent of prisoners are rearrested, and half are back in prison”. He continues to argue that California needs not only to release prisoners, but to stop creating new ones. I find this statement confusing, Elizabeth Gudrais (2013) in her article The Prison Problem mentions that more than 30 000 inmates were release this seeming like a lower estimate then Glazek stated. After releasing these prisoners, California also made changes to their three strike law.
That to me sounds like California is taking steps to stop creating new prisoners which contradicts Glazek’s (2012) argument. Leaving me wonder if his resources are reliable. One Sided Argument Glazek’s (2012) essay has a major flaw in my eyes. He argues the extent of racial segregation in the United States Incarceration system, causes more African American men to be subject to prison time compared to Caucasian men. And I agree this is a very sad and unfortunate fact about the correction system. I feel Glazek (2012) is being very one sided about this problem.
He fails to mention how racial discrimination also greatly effects other people as well, for instance Hispanic Americans who also make up a large percentage of the prison population for similar reasons. An example is stated by Ashley Klann (2012) “Massachusetts imprisons Hispanic individuals at a rate of 1,229 per 100,000 residents – a ratio of six to one when compared to the rate at which Whites are imprisoned”. Although this figure is based primarily in Massachusetts I feel that it is a relevant example of how other cultures are also subject to racial discrimination in the incarceration system.
According to an article by Tushar Kansal (2005). “Blacks are more likely to be disadvantaged in terms of sentence length at the federal level, whereas Latinos are more likely to be disadvantaged in terms of decision to incarcerate”. Though it can be argued that African Americans are faced with greater a level of racial segregation. I believe it is still important to have these facts present to show how large the situation actually is. My Thoughts I for the most part agree with a lot of Glazek’s ideas, he does make a lot of strong points. In staying that, his essay seemed very unorganized.
He should spend more time researching and check into his sources before just throwing them down on paper. Should the prison system be abolished? Maybe, that’s a little too risky for my liking. I believe a better idea is to greatly cut down the number of these facilities to only house the country’s most violent criminals who pose a threat to society. While implementing treatments centres to solve the reasons for petty crimes instead of convictions. And using money saved to invest back into the educational system to prevent criminal out brakes.