We have too many non-violent offenders in the prison system.
And far too many inner city kids who get roped into gang violence. Young black men account for far too much of the prison population, and I think that the money spent on putting them in jail, releasing them, and putting them back in jail 2 years later would be better spent on community programs in the inner city areas where most of them are arrested. I'm sure there are already programs, but are they working...? Looking at prison demographics, I would have to say no.