Incarceration Of America

Incarceration of America

With a dwindling economy, individuals as well as local and state governments have taken a second look at their budgets. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections takes up 4.9 percent of the General Fund for the 2009-2010 budget. Some proponents have advocated that the money that goes to locking up violent and petty criminals alike could be put to better use by providing rehabilitation opportunities to a targeted group of convicted offenders.

For certain groups of offenders, such as those charged with drug crimes related to a drug addiction, drug rehabilitation has proved to be more successful than punishment through jail time in preventing recidivism, or a return to jail for a similar drug crime. Ultimately, by keeping offenders out of jail (and preventing return trips), rehabilitation can save taxpayers money as well as change the life of the drug addict.

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