Mass Incarceration Boom

Mass Incarceration Boom

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Mass incarceration is the mass imprisonment of individuals for crimes or other offenses.  Often targeting low social and economic individuals in marginal communities.  The U.S., in particular, has seen massive numbers of overcrowding in their prisons. The U.S represents 4.4% of the world population but holds 22% of the worldʻs prisoners. Mass incarceration has caused suffering to various individuals and communities. Mass incarceration separates families, causes poverty or financial struggle, and continues to increase state and federal spending.

One major contributor to this growing issue is the presence of the Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws. These laws force judges to give out minimum prison sentences based upon charges being brought upon the defendant. These laws were originally passed to create uniformity throughout the criminal justice system, but have since caused an increase in prison populations. These laws take judges away from traditional and proper sentencing based upon the circumstances.

The mandatory minimum sentencing laws create mass imprisonment of individuals targeting those who are prosecuted for nonviolent offenses.  A person who is in possession of 100 grams of heroin will spend a minimum of five years in prison. Due to minimum sentencing laws, individuals charged with minor drug offenses are given longer sentences than necessary. However, when being charged with assault you will be charged with a maximum of one year.  These laws in our judicial system are creating this mass incarceration boom.

In signing this petition you support the abolishment of these minimum sentencing laws. 

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