posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 09:57 AM
Vigorous execution of criminals may deter future crime, will cut prison costs, and will remove these animals from society and/or prison where they are
a threat to criminals who might have a chance at rehabilitation.
Each year, about 150 prisoners committ suicide, about 70 perish in deaths "caused by another", and 400 die of unknown causes that were apparently
"not natural, self-inflicted, accidental, or resulting from homicide". In recent years there have been about 25,000 assaults by other inmates (USA
Today, August 8, 1997, pg. 1).
Approx. 25% of parolee's are re-arrested during the first 6 months, almost 40% within the first year, 62% within 3 years.
The average ex-convict has been convicted of serious crimes (83% for violent or property offenses), has a criminal record of multiple arrests (8.4
prior arrests), and has been incarcerated before (67%) (BJS, 1989, Special Report, April).
The numbers indicate these aren't people who just "made a bad decision" or just acted implusively. Most prisoners have committed serious crimes
and have a long history (8.4 arrests on average!).
A large percentage are career criminals who will resort to their old habits upon release. For many, they "learn more" in prison and are moved
further away from what society deems is acceptable while in prison.
Parole is supposed to supervise these people once they are released.
Approx. 22% were returned to prison on "revocation of parole" for a technical violation. 80% were returned on the conviction of a new, serious
(BJS, 1995, Special Report, August:2).
Given these statisics, these aren't folks who just get into trouble once. These are again, career criminals who can't stay out of the system
because they resort to their old ways once released. Is the system flawed? Yes. Can there be improvements? Most definitely.
Can some be rehabilitated? Sure, some, but not all.
Can the courts determine who can be rehabilitated? Alot of times yes, by looking over the subject's past violations.
**edited to add: Alot of times yes, by looking over the subject's prior violations, severity of injury to the victim.
[edit on 16-7-2004 by mako0956]