Prison overcrowding seen as key cause of problems

On the heels a federal task force recommendation that the way to stop violent crime is to put more prisoners behind bars, a new study released Sunday said overcrowded prisons lead to serious problems.

The Justice Department study said prisoners subjected to high degrees of sustained overcrowding -- the result of rising crime rates and very little new prison building -- have a higher death and suicide rate, more disciplinary problems, and a larger number of illness complaints than inmates who are not overcrowded.

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...