Prison State Frontline Essay

The United States sends more people to prison than any other country in World. The state of Kentucky has also been having a jail problem. The Kentucky police has been locking up more inmates than they have ever before. The jails are overpopulated and the state is trying to figure out a solution to this jail problem. The video “Prison State”, a documentary by PBS Frontline, shows the problem Kentucky has with more inmates in jail. The states spends a lot of money to lock up prisoners. The state alone spends 50 million dollars annually on locking up juveniles. It also cost 87 thousand dollars to incarcerate a child. The video focuses mainly on a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky called Beecher Terrace. According to the video, the state of…

For Charles McDuffie and Christel Tribble, it changed them for the better. They both haven’t gotten in any trouble and Charles is clean from drugs and does not have nightmares about Vietnam any more. For Keith Huff and Demetria Duncan, prison has not changed them; they are still in and out of jail. I believe Keith went back to jail because he did not have any help when he got out. He was released with no job, no money, and no place to go. I think this is why so many people go back to jail because when they get out they do not know what to do. They go back to the only thing they know, which is the life they lived before they went to prison. Prisoners go back to their gangs or go back to selling drugs. I think jails should invest more money into starting programs on helping and teaching prisoners how to live in society when they get out. These programs can also help them get skills to start new jobs and show them that there is a better way to live. It can also teach them that they do not have to do the things that brought them to jail in the first place. I think if Keith had help when he got out of jail he would not have stopped his medication and would not have fallen back into his old…