Target: United States Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder
Goal: Increase rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders.
The United States lacks any kind of national rehabilitation program for prisoners and has by far the highest prison population of any country. Well over one million citizens are imprisoned, and a large percentage of those are the result of non-violent drug-related crimes and mental illness. The point of detaining citizens is not only to keep the public safe, but also to rehabilitate criminals. This is hardly working for drug addiction and those suffering from mental illness, and it seems our justice system is failing citizens and families. Urge the United States government to increase rehabilitation programs and keep non-violent offenders from being incarcerated.
Our government needs to tackle the issue of over-population and the rate of recidivism in prisons. County jails face similar problems and a lack of rehabilitation programs cause authorities to simply detain those involved in drug-related crimes, rather than addressing the root of the problem. Not surprisingly, most of these individuals will again be convicted of the same crimes, and we continue to fund a failed justice system. It is a vicious cycle with no end in sight unless our government introduces legislation designed to target these groups of incarcerated individuals.
Simply put, it’s much easier to throw non-violent offenders in a holding cell for months at a time than it is to increase rehabilitation programs that have a proven success rate. Perhaps if our tax dollars were to go towards an increase in these programs, the rate of recidivism would decrease and we would have considerably fewer individuals incarcerated. Such programs would also address the “war on drugs,” and we would begin to see a decline in addicts and drug dealers. Similarly, those deemed mentally ill would no longer be detained without proper treatment, and we could give these individuals the life they deserve, all the while spending our tax dollars on programs that benefit society as a whole.
Urge the United States government to reform our criminal justice system by increasing rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders.
Dear Attorney General Holder,
The United States has been the world leader in prison population for far too long. A clear-cut solution may not exist; however, there are several things that can be done to decrease the prison population and keep non-violent offenders from being overly incarcerated. I urge you to introduce legislation that will increase rehabilitation programs and decrease our rate of recidivism and incarceration.
Currently, almost half of those incarcerated have committed non-violent crimes and are not held within reason. Many individuals with mental illnesses will become imprisoned simply because our government does not know what else to do. This will almost always exacerbate the issue. Drug-related crimes are also far too common, in part due to our lack of rehabilitation programs designed to target the issue, thus preventing it in the future.
Introducing rehabilitation programs would benefit the individuals involved, families, and most important, keep our streets safe. Please implement these changes in the future for a brighter America.
[Your Name Here]
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