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The book Stronger, by Michael Carrol explores the backstory of an eight foot tall, blue man called “Brawn”. Not necessarily relatable on the surface, but the book has lots of messages about identity, fitting in, and the struggle between the suppressed and the suppressors. In the book, the main character, Brawn, is made out to be a villain, even though he hasn’t really done anything wrong. The book says a lot about how criminals are treated in society.

The second issue of crime that should be addressed is the U.S. is mass incarceration. Mass incarceration is a big problem, (America has about 4% of the world’s people and 25% percent of the world’s incarcerated people) and part of the reason for that is in America we have a tendency to think of prisoners as being very external to society, but really they aren’t. Millions of prisoners get released each year, and according to the United States Department of Justice “Over 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and arrive on the doorsteps of our nation's communities...” but the problem doesn’t end there. Because convicts are ineligible for welfare, public housing, food stamps and student loans, and many businesses don’t let people work for them if they committed a felony, about two thirds of people that have been in prison will be re-arrested, and suicide and homelessness rates are high among ex-convicts. Being tough on crime isn’t the same thing as being tough on criminals, but for political leaders, it’s smarter to appear that way. They would say “Crime is scary, and if you vote for me I’ll get rid of the scary people,”

So we have too many people in prison, and we have to remember that those are people that we’re putting in prison, there need to be changes made to how we can prevent people from breaking the law, and if they do break the law, there need to be changes in how we treat them

Cited sources

"USDOJ: FBCI: Prisoners and Prisoner Re-Entry." USDOJ: FBCI: Prisoners and Prisoner Re-Entry. Web. 10 Feb. 2015. <http://www.justice.gov/archive/fbci/progmenu_reentry.html>.

“Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census: State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity." Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census. Web. 10 Feb. 2015. <http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/rates.html>.

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