Recidivism And The Criminal Justice System

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Our criminal justice system was set in place to help stop crimes, and to punish those who commit these crimes. Even though the criminal justice system punishes those individuals that choose to break the law, there are still some individuals that repeatedly keep committing these wrongdoings, which is known as recidivism. Recidivism is the repetition of criminal behavior by those already involved in crime (Schmalleger; Pg. 68). A recidivism rate is the rate in which is used to measure those individuals, who recommit a crime after serving their last crime sentence. Recidivism rates are so high today because most people want to follow their own rules, and feel like they don’t have to answer to no one. Living in America everyone enjoys the fact