Economics of Prisons
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My Senior Thesis Paper attempts to reconcile two incarceration issues: economics and reformation. My thesis begins with a section on economics, which I define as cost evaluation. This section includes cost analysis of per capita, per level of security, litigation, early release programs, architecture, and alien criminals. The reformation section of my thesis includes a brief penal history leading into the 1960s, and analysis of various penal philosophies and alternatives to incarceration. The concluding section of my thesis is an attempt on my part to reconcile economics and reformation utilizing both the data which I have collected as research coupled with my own ideas and opinions. As my thesis will point out, I strongly feel that reconciliation is possible. However to be successful, constituents and politicians must work together to accept new ideas and philosophies about incarceration. Once we have reached acceptance, we must move quickly to implement this change. We are currently at the threshold of a crisis. Hopefully, my thesis will offer some insight and supportive evidence of new ideas and philosophies to incarceration which will help to control our current penal crisis and prevent failure in the future.