Rehabilitation Vs Incarceration

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There is a revolving door of prison reentry, high recidivism rates, and mass incarceration that continue to challenge minority communities and people of color. For many years the system has been designed with mandatory long sentences and tough laws. With the belief that all offenders are the same and should be treated as such. The illusion to keep the public safe was to arrest the person, convict, incarcerate, and hopefully the individual had learned their lesson. However, incarceration is not only comprised of punishment but of determent and rehabilitation. Countless African American males are incarcerated for nonviolent and or non-serious crimes, drug crimes mostly that overpopulate and expand the prison population. Recidivism rates are extraordinarily