How To Reform The Nation’s Prison System

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With pressing issues such as overcrowding, overuse of solitary confinement, and the long-term incarceration of nonviolent offenders, many critics of the nation’s prison system are calling for sweeping reforms. Here are some of the proposals to improve the prison system:

  • Create thousands of productive jobs for inmates constructing more prisons
  • Use solitary confinement only in cases of severe guard anger
  • Slightly shorter prison sentences for those who were wrongfully convicted
  • Take preventative measures by working with kids to convince them not to grow up in areas with disproportionately high incarceration levels
  • Some more dogs to read to or train or whatever
  • Ease the emotional strain caused by inmates’ separation from their families by imprisoning their loved ones with them
  • Increase length of a life sentence to 150 years to really deter potential criminals
  • Avoid whole prison reform headache by solving nation’s education, mental health, drug problems instead

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