3 March, 2017
Crime will always be a problem within society, not only within the United States but throughout the entire world. It is impossible to get rid of crime, therefore the only solution we have is to reduce it as much as possible and prevent it from happening. The crime that we want to fight against is violence within the streets such as fighting and robbery. To accomplish this, we want to educate the public about street safety. We believe that being knowledgeable in the streets and in school are both equally important. The second method is that we will promote rehabilitation programs within our prison systems. By giving prison inmates a chance to redeem themselves, the number of criminals we have on the streets will decrease which will decrease crime.
Prevention is key to avoid anything harmful. To prevent crime from happening in the first place we are planning on reworking education to overall improve the experience for our students, we want to incorporate street knowledge and life skills into our schools. We understand the important of school academics and how education will guide the younger generation to grow up and lead society one day, but in order to prepare them we need to make sure that they are knowledgeable outside of school as well. This does not have to a dedicated course that students must take but more of a mandatory PSI during assembly. By learning the potential dangers such as being outside late at night and how to detect danger can benefit the young adults to protect themselves. In addition to educating kids about crime, we hope to reduce the likelihood of these students committing crimes themselves. According to the FBI: UCR, within the span of 5 years from the year 2000 to 2004, there were 558,219 incidents of crime within schools and 17,065,074 incidents in all locations including school. By age, the most incidents that occurred are ages 13 to 15 with 149,622 and 16 to 18 with 120,959. From middle school to high school, this is the age where most kids are trying new things, some of which may include breaking the law. As the students grow over 19, the reported incidents decreased to 82,865. This means that kids in middle school and high school are more likely to commit crimes. The perfect time to educate kids about crime would be before they go on to middle school in order to prevent them from committing crimes in the first place. Adults need to be more involved with students around that age because it is the age when kids start to become more rebellious towards authority figures such as teachers and parents. To reduce crime, we must prevent crime from happening by properly raising the younger generation in schools so they don’t grow up to be criminals.
Criminals are people who disobeyed the law and therefore, are imprisoned to compensate for their actions. Though law breaking actions will not be tolerated, we believe that the wasted time inmates give up is a loss in progress towards society. We believe that through rehabilitation, we can change the ways of these prison inmates. Programs will be made and offered to the prison inmates to have a chance at redeeming themselves for their actions. Obviously, no one should be forced to do something they do not want to, but we will highly encourage them to take this chance. For example, we’re looking to establish more inmate dog training programs in prisons as a way of rehabilitation. The inmates will be paid as a job but they still have to serve their sentence. However, their sentence may be reduced depending on their progress, behavior, and what they were sentenced for. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are 6.7 million people behind bars at the end of 2015. There are also 3.9 million dogs who are in shelters every year according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Since we have so many people in prisons, and so many dogs that are in shelters who are at risk of being killed, it makes sense to establish a nationwide program to train these dogs with inmates. The dogs can be trained to become work dogs to help people with special needs, or to work in the task force, or adopted into a home. However, there is always the risk of recidivism, the act of committing a crime once again when released from prison. According to the National Institute of Justice, 76.6% of prisoners are rearrested within 5 years after being released from prison, one of the highest recidivism rates in the world. On the other hand, a report for Salve Regina University states that Norway has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world with only 20%. This is because Norway focuses on rehabilitation. The prison system is absolutely different from American prison system. Here in America, the prison system is to punish people who break the law by taking away their freedom and treating them as less of a human by putting them in subpar living conditions. Meanwhile, Norway’s Halden Prison is most similar to a college dormitory. Instead of punishing our citizens, we must follow countries like Norway, on how they try to repair the crime their people commit.
We want to make sure that the young generation are taught about the dangers of crime. By including this knowledge in our schools, we hope that students will be able to protect themselves from dangers and to ween them away from the path of crime. Though there will always be crime present, in order to combat that, rehabilitation programs will be incorporated more into our prison systems. Since American prison systems do more harm than good to the inmates, our recidivism rate is at 76.6%. That means 3 out 4 past inmates will commit a crime again within 5 years of release. Your safety in this country is a top priority, and we will make these changes for the betterment of our society.
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