As a Mental Health Professional I base my theory on the mental health of the inmate.
Without treating the underlying issues that they carry with them into prison you have only punished them. Not solved the problem.
I do know this the inmates who access programs that help them transition back into soceity are successful.
The support they receive both in and out of prison is important to changing their lives.
If anyone thinks that being poor, minority , an abused and negelected child have no bearing on your life then you have your head in the sand.
I am not concerned about what they did, or how long they served a sentence. My concern is about what caused them to caommit a crime and how to prevent it.
I have lived ion a few different countries in my life.
Israel being one of them and a few in Europe.
Their crime rates are no where near what our are they imprison far fewer people than we do.
Our current Criminal Justice System is a joke something must change.