2020 SACAD Entrants

Document Type

Poster

Date

4-22-2020

Entry Category

Non Empirical- Undergraduate

Abstract

Mass incarceration is a problem in the United States. Each year, an unprecedented number of people are being incarcerated. Prisons are overcapacity, and the number continues to increase. Strict sentencing structures have contributed to this mass incarceration crisis, including three-strikes-laws, truth-in-sentencing laws, or mandatory minimum sentencing laws. These practices are keeping non-violent offenders in prison for longer than necessary. In addition, the psychological and societal consequences for inmates and their families are destructive, especially for children. This research argues that strict sentencing structures are a strong predictor of future juvenile delinquency by inmates’ children.

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