The idea behind our justice system is simple, but flawed. We incarcerate people to stop them from committing a crime, allegedly rehabilitate them, and deter them and others from committing crime again.
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
We are really good at punishing people.
This process starts from an alarmingly young age. Forty-one percent of juveniles have been arrested by the time they turn 23.
‘Somewhere along the way we started to think that being tough on crime meant being tough on criminals.’
All of this begs the question, does any of this increased incarceration actually reduce crime? Well, no not really.
Watch this video to find out more.