- Words: 3768
- Length: 12 Pages
- Topic: Criminal Justice
- Paper #: 74793978
Two steps if taken, however, would almost halve our prison population. First, repeal state laws that now mandate the incarceration of drug offenders and develop instead many more public and private treatment centers to which nonviolent drug abusers can be referred. Second, stop using jails or prisons to house the mentally ill.
Tougher sentencing is being justified, in part, by the widespread belief that incarceration is the chief reason violent crime