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Explain what you believe is the future of the American jail system. There is not any empirical evidence that incarceration helps reduce crime. If the current policy of building more jails and prisons as a way of dealing with the crime problem has not had a significant effect on to reducing the levels of crime, what other options may be used to deter criminal behavior?

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Future of American Jail System:

A major change in the American jail system will be greater use of Alternative sanctions to deter criminal behavior. As there is evidence that alternative sanctions have been more effective in reducing recidivism rates, the fundamental mission of the jails to provide traditional incarceration will shift towards becoming a medical or mental health service provider via increasing of Alternative sanctions.

Some of the greatest challenges facing jail operations in the next decade is the unique needs of the growing number of inmates who constitute "special populations." These inmates require considerations that extend beyond the ordinary policies and procedures designed for the more conventional population. These special populations are: women, persons with mental illness, geriatric offenders, substance abusers, sexoffenders, and gang members. Their confinement in local jails affects everything from health care services to staff training, physical facilities, and treatment opportunities. Thus, they will have a significant impact on future jail operations.

Jails will definately be more hitech in the future. The increasing use of technology will make jails more secure, high-tech and sophisticated and will improve the efficiency of the jail officials. Jails currently being built do not employ the same ...

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Explain what you believe is the future of the American jail system.