Explain why the prison population has shown a significant increase over the past 30 years.

There are many aspects of the Criminal Justice system in America.  As a student you are challenged with understanding many aspects of our justice system and applying that information when necessary.   Your task is to explain why the prison population has shown a significant increase over the past 30 years.  It is important that you carefully articulate what has contributed to such a notable rise in the prison population.  Your paper should academically and skillfully address the following areas: 1) Give a documented statistical account of the prison population in the United States. 2) Compare our prison count with two other countries and offer suggested reasons for the disparities.  3) Based on your research offer some empirical evidence on whether or not incarceration is sustainable and viable in this country. 4) Explain based on your research if the United States should continue with mass incarceration and comprehensively articulate an argument for why or why not. This paper requires more research over paper #1.  It is important that your research looks at this issue from both sides and some opinions, including yours, should be based on documented evidence based research.  Your paper should be written comprehensively with well thought out responses.  Your paper should  address the past, present and future impact on our society based on your thorough research.   Your paper should be authentic and represent college level writing.  Grammar is essential and all students are encouraged to proof their papers several times before submitting the final draft.  Your paper is designed to critically reflect  and have scholarly research.  Do not use google to research your paper, but instead, use resources located in our library or scholarly journals or reports.  This paper should be 5-6 pages of content and completed in the APA format.

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