When people commit crimes, we send them away from their families and communities to become better by locking them in cells.
Sometimes society's most egregious myths are right in front of our faces.
Myth 1: Higher incarceration rates cause corresponding decreases in crime
A study by The Sentencing Project found that simply putting more people in prison isn't an effective strategy for fighting crime.
Myth 2: Downsizing prisons makes surrounding communities unsafe.
Truth: Research proves otherwise; just look at California.
Myth 3: Prisons make communities safer by reforming criminals.
Truth:Recidivism rates (people returning to prisons) are high in the U.S., in part because prison doesn't prepare people for life after their sentences.
Myth 4: Even if prison isn't an ideal solution, it's the only solution we have to deal with crime.
These other alternatives help prevent crime and are actually cheaper than prison, including drug courts, halfway houses, and restorative justice programs.
Myth 5: Alternatives to prison aren't worth the money.
A prison sentence doesn't just affect the prisoner. Incarceration can be devastating for a whole family, both emotionally and financially. And the emotional strain prison puts on the children of incarcerated individuals cause significant developmental delays as well.
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