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As you read the prison time line, you will see that records start around 1940√Ęs with approximately 200,000 inmates per year. Today, or at least with the latest statistics available we have adults under correctional supervision there is 1 in 35 reportedly under the Department of Corrections. In looking at the reported censes data, you find the following:

  • 1940- 132.2 Million People with approximately 200,000 under correctional supervision= less than 1% of the total population
  • 2010- 208.7 million people with million people under correctional supervision= 3% of the population

The increase of 2% over the last 70 years identifies a drastic increase. Some of the questions that have been posed are: Have we gotten stiffer laws? Is there more people taking on the life of Crime? Is society becoming more violent? With all of the questions, what is the truth?

For this assignment, what is your opinion on why crime has gone up 2%?

Respond to the stated question, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertain(s). Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice. Your initial posting must be no less than 350 words

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