Alyssa Mediate

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Alyssa Mediate
Alyssa Mediate is a graduate of Northwood University currently pursuing a Masters in Political Communications from Regent University.

The Fiscal Burden Of Incarceration And Recidivism

With over 2.2 million prisoners, the U.S. prison system costs taxpayers $39 billion annually. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country, and the average prisoner costs taxpayers up to $60,000 annually. Combating high incarceration and recidivism rates is, therefore, imperative to decrease the fiscal burden on taxpayers. The issue of high incarceration and recidivism rates burdening taxpayers has origins in the Nixon administration and strengthened during the tough on crime era of the 1990’s. These decades mark the inception of the War on Drugs, and consequently higher crime rates. The days of being “tough on crime” and engaged in a “war on drugs” are in the past and advances are already being made to decrease incarceration and recidivism rates. Since 2001, 30 states have increased the dollar threshold for felony theft prosecutions. This prevents low-level offenders from acquiring a felony record, which could prevent them from finding employment. As a result, crime can be prevented, fiscal burden reduced and labor force participation improved. Texas is indicative of… Keep Reading

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