Though 100,000 citizens or 25 percent of the world’s

Though
only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, when
compared to other developed countries, the United States has an extremely high incarceration
rate, at 716 inmates for every 100,000 citizens or 25 percent of the
world’s prison population, making America’s ratio of incarceration more than five
times higher than any other developed country in the world (Eisenberg, 2016LL1 ). AccordingLL2 MS3 MS4 MS5 
to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), individuals incarcerated in the
United States have grown at a staggering pace for over three decades, mostly
for non-violent offenses, leading to a flood of prison residents and political
contention (2016). This is driven in some measure by mandatory sentencing
statutes on repeat offenders. A 2014 BJS study reported that since 2005, an
average of 404,638 (67.8%) inmates have been released annually from state and
federal prisons and have reentered their communities. Once released back into
their communities, ex-inmates will either be re-incarcerated for the same or a
different crime or refrain from crime altogether. Without rehabilitation, the
latter is unlikely (Beckett & Sasson, 2003). Continuous change is the
catalyst we need to target how best to rehabilitate these out-going offenders.
Ex-inmates who recidivate place a heavy weight on our already pinched prison system.  

In contrast with
law-abiding citizen, ex-inmates are more likely to have grown up in single-parent
homes and poverty, rendering them less educated, and less likely to be employed.
Many of these factors are major risk factors for recidivism (Carson & Golinelli, 2013LL6 MS7 ). Given these risk factors, it is not surprising that
theLL8 MS9 
literacy rates of inmates are lower than that of the general population. “An
estimated 40% of State prison inmates, 27% of Federal inmates, and 31% of those
serving probation sentences had not completed high school or its equivalent
while about 18% of the general population failed to attain high school
graduation”

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 LL1Should
not have a once sentence paragraph. 
Break this paragraph into a couple of sentences and just integrate it
with the paragraph below.

 LL2I
would begin the intro with this paragraph. 
I would then add the data about literacy, and then reword the next
paragraph a bit to discuss challenges in correctional policy

 MS3

 MS4

 MS5DONE. (This comment is just for me. It helps to remind me
that I read this comment as opposed to new comments in the future.)

 

 LL6MH
is not a major risk factor for recidivism, so I amended this sentence.

 

Also, I would add a transition statement, such as.  Given these risk factors, it is not
surprising that the literacy rates of inmates…(combining this paragraph with
the next.  You have too many short
paragraphs in a row.  DONE. (This comment is just for me. It helps to remind me
that I read this comment as opposed to new comments in the future.)

 

 MS7What is MH?

 

 LL8Transition?  Jumping from murdered family to literacy
rates…I would honestly omit the paragraph above starting with, “when crime
takes place”—this thesis is not crime victims, so it simply does not fit…

 MS9DONE. (This comment is just for me. It helps to remind me
that I read this comment as opposed to new comments in the future.)

 

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