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Overcrowding in Los Angeles Jails

Why overcrowding Los Angeles Jails increases violence?

The problem is that the overcrowding los angeles jails is there no way to enforce disciplinary detention, commonly known as solitary confinement.

Overcrowding has meant not only more violence but woefully inadequate health and mental care, with more deaths and suicides.

What caused this overcrowding in the first place were the strict sentencing laws that now unnecessarily keep huge numbers of entirely non-violent inmates behind bars: for smoking dope or writing bad checks, say, or for missing parole appointments.

WHAT IS CAUSING PRISON OVERCROWDING?

Continued increase in the number of offenders sent to prison

  • High recidivism rate
  • High rate of offenders returned to prison for violating or unsuccessfully completing community supervision
  • New criminal offenses added to penal code
  • “War on drugs”
  • Harsher penalties for certain types of offenses
  • Increased role of victim and victim advocacy in the court and parole process

Convicted inmates serving a greater portion of their sentences in prison

  • Shift from indeterminate to determinate sentencing caused average minimum sentences to increase
  • Elimination of “good time”
  • “Truth in sentencing” established time-served standards for parole eligibility and required 100 percent of court-imposed sentence be served either in prison or on parole Aggressive “tough on crime” approach by legislature and criminal justice system
  • Allows criminal justice system to narrow its use of discretion and take more conservative and less controversial approach to punishment
  • General Assembly has increasingly supported more punitive response to crime
  • Makes alternative, diversionary, and intermediate sanctions less appealing; viewed as “soft on crime”
  • Targets community correction programs, especially treatment, for de-funding
  • Does not reserve limited and expensive prison beds for serious, violent, and repeat offenders

What options are available to legislature to manage prison population?

Prison Expansion Model

  • Connecticut’s primary response to prison overcrowding over past 20 years
  • Add new prison beds whenever inmate population exceeds existing capacity
  • Disproportionate amount of criminal justice resources focused on most punitive sanction — prison
  • Services concentrated primarily on small percent of offender population in prison Community Corrections Model
  • Community-based sentencing and sanctions structure
  • System of graduated sanctions provides supervision, treatment, rehabilitation, victim restitution, and public safety
  • Includes a well-funded system of prisons and jails
  • Focuses on reducing crime and recidivism
  • Multi-agency approach
  • Services concentrated primarily on majority

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