Updated: Jun 16
Overcrowding inside of Americas Prisons aren't new and at the rate we are going, it doesn't look like there will be a slow down. I can vividly recall during my incarceration how the prison was in discussions to add an additional bunk in all cells. We were confined to a 6 by 8 cell and to add an addition body was a recipe for disaster. What prison administrators failed to WANT to understand is over crowding causes an increase in violence and adds to the recidivism rate. When there are more people inside of a prison that its design for it breeds tension and resources are depleted. Furthermore, even the food becomes less desirable because inmate cooks are encouraged by prison staff to cut corners to stretch the limited food supply.
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