Everything you need to know about prisons

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CURATED BY Dara Lind

2014-06-06 13:18:13 -0400

  1. What is prison?
  2. How many people are incarcerated in the United States?
  3. Why has the prison population increased in the last 30 years?
  4. What crimes are people incarcerated for?
  5. What are the demographics of the prison population?
  6. Why does the United States imprison more people than other countries?
  7. Who decides how long a prison sentence should be, and how?
  8. What are mandatory minimums?
  9. How do mandatory minimums affect incarceration rates?
  10. What is probation? What is parole?
  11. What is recidivism?
  12. Is recidivism going up in the United States?
  13. Do prisons deter crime?
  14. Have prisons deterred crime in the United States?
  15. What are some alternatives to prison?
  16. How much does incarceration cost?
  17. Why is prison overcrowding an issue?
  18. What federal efforts are being made to reduce the prison population?
  19. What state efforts are being made to reduce the prison population?
  20. Who supports prison reform?
  21. You didn't answer my question!
  22. What else should I be reading on this subject?
  23. How have these cards changed?
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    What is prison?

    Prison is part of the system called "correctional control" in the United States, which punishes criminals after they've been convicted of their crimes.

    Technically, "jail" and "prison" mean different things:

    • Jails usually house people who are awaiting trial for a crime, or people who have been convicted and are serving sentences of less than one year. They can be run by cities or counties.
    • Prisons house people who have been convicted of a crime and are serving sentences of one year or more. They can be run by the states (for prisoners convicted of state or local offenses) or by the federal government (for prisoners convicted of federal crimes).

    There are also forms of correctional control that do not involve being locked up, such as probation (which criminals are sentenced to instead of prison) and parole (which some criminals have to go through after they are released from prison). Under both probation and parole, offenders have to meet a set of conditions — such as keeping a job and passing drug tests — and are put in prison if they violate them.

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    How many people are incarcerated in the United States?

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    Why has the prison population increased in the last 30 years?

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    What crimes are people incarcerated for?

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    What are the demographics of the prison population?

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    Why does the United States imprison more people than other countries?

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    Who decides how long a prison sentence should be, and how?

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    What are mandatory minimums?

  9. Card 9 of 23

    How do mandatory minimums affect incarceration rates?

  10. Card 10 of 23

    What is probation? What is parole?

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    What is recidivism?

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    Is recidivism going up in the United States?

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    Do prisons deter crime?

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    Have prisons deterred crime in the United States?

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    What are some alternatives to prison?

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    How much does incarceration cost?

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    Why is prison overcrowding an issue?

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    What federal efforts are being made to reduce the prison population?

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    What state efforts are being made to reduce the prison population?

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    Who supports prison reform?

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    You didn't answer my question!

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    What else should I be reading on this subject?

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    How have these cards changed?

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