To be honest, I'm not certain of the exact stats, nor am I interested in researching it. It is doubtful that such stats could even be accurate since the perpetrators of such crime are not likely to leave a note next to the body stating "Just so you know, this murder was orchestrated by a convict serving a life sentence. Be sure to record it as such in your crime stats."
I do know that it happens. It is often related to prison gang activity, and it is likely being schemed in one or more maximum security prisons in the U.S., right now as you are reading this post. I also know that it would happen less if such lifers were put to death before they had a chance to even consider such a scheme.
Supposedly, there are about 3,250 on death row. Supposely, there are about 7.5 million adults (3% of the population) were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, prison) - about 1.5 million or so of those are in prison (plus another million or so juveniles). I don't think that tracking the ongoing crime from 3,000 on death row would be statistically possible within 7,000,000 criminals commiting crimes from places other than death row (not including those criminals who have never been or are no longer under correctional supervision). Something like 140,000 inmates are serving life in prison.
A study done several years ago by the Bureau of Justice Statistics said 56% of the violent felons convicted had a prior conviction, and that when the felons committed the new crime, 18 percent were on probation, 12 percent on release pending disposition of a prior case and 7 percent were on parole.
Clearly recidivism is a big problem. Commit a pre-meditated murder? Actual death penalty should be on the table. Want to plea bargin down from something to save court costs and time? Start there.
On death row already? Seems like there's an obvious way to fix that...
The US is an odd ship. The captain yells out when he sees obtacles , but 535 individual propellers do the steering.
I honestly think harsh punishments should be set in place for real criminals. Criminals actually enjoy being in jail. They get 3 meals a day! And they usually end up back in jail so we need to start teaching them a lesson. Im sick of paying money for criminals to be happy.
1. A guy and his 18 month old and some other dude look over the car - initially decide against it then see the speakers in the back and change their minds. The guy puts his 18 month old daughter in the back seat, straps her in with the fold up stroller and obviously gets nabbed.
2. This guy looks just like a regular shmoe, gets in the car gets nabbed and the cops have him cuffed on the front of the car and asks if he has any priors - been to jail (meanwhile the camera shows gang tats all over the guy), he says yeah but never for grand theft. They pull his record - 18 priors, assault, 4 different grand theft counts, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, firearms charges, etcetc... When confronted with this he gets mad and just says, "take me to jail".
The first guy was young - maybe early 19-22 years old. The second guy in his 40's been around and in jail apparently most of his life. Neither one looked worried, weren't necessarily shocked they were caught, didn't really have a problem getting caught and knew they'd be spending time in the pokey - just had no care about it whatsoever. They're reaction was about the same as if they said they were going to change their shirt and be right back. The point here is, yes, it's way to easy. I know how these other television programs show how tough it is on the inside... I disagree... if it were tough they'd never want to go back again.
My solution: Put them to work - hard labor for the "greater good". They get to work their sentence off 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for years of course, in a humane way, with meals, health care, rest days, etc. When they leave prison they have a skill they may be able to use outside... it's a win win.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Most of these idiots do better in jail than they do on the outside. I want prison to be horrible, somewhere no one in their right mind would ever want to go for any reason. I want hard physical labor, absolutely no perks, etc. Make it so terrible that people would rather go straight than have any chance at all going to prison. Bet you'd see the prison population drop real quick.