The traditional American concept of criminal sentencing is that
prisons exist for rehabilitation and release as much as for incarceration.
1 However, in recent years Congress and state legislatures have
enacted a series of stringent anti-drug laws, which have largely abandoned
the concept of rehabilitating prisoners2 and instead, focused on
keeping inmates locked up for longer periods of time.'
McAlpin, Louise S.
"Harmelin v. Michigan: Effective Application of Anti-Drug Legislation or Cruel and Unusual Punishment?,"
Nova Law Review: Vol. 16
, Article 14.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/nlr/vol16/iss3/14