Prison abolitionism is an ongoing debate globally, but in American society in particular. Prisons were first created to punish the guilty for their crimes and protect the innocent from harm. Now, some are creating rehabilitation programs to help the incarcerated have a better life after being released. Are prison systems effective, and would abolishing them be beneficial for society?
Yes, prisons should be abolished
We would be building a more ethical system and releasing offenders as citizens able to be positively reintegrated into society.
Prisons are immoral
If life was valued within prisons, then criminals would be less likely to hurt or take it away from others.
Private prison systems operate with the goal of earning the most profit first and properly caring for inmates second. Consequently, this results in massive continuous budget cuts, making the prison and unsafe environment.
Prisons and criminal justice systems worldwide, but especially in the United States, have numerous flaws and injustices. These flaws need correction for positive change to manifest within prisons and see a decrease in repeat offenders.
Offenders need support to keep from recidivism
In order to lower crime rates, inmates need help and guidance in order to prevent recidivism and break the cycle of crime.