Monday, July 26, 2010

Prison Olympics

"Justice is harsher in America than in any other rich country. Between 2.3m and 2.4m Americans are behind bars, roughly one in every 100 adults. If those on parole or probation are included,one adult in 31 is under 'correctional supervision.'"

The Economist, "Too many laws, too many prisoners," July 24, 2010.

With 748 inmates per 100,000 in population, we rank above Russia (600), Iran (250), and China (140).

"Jail is expensive. Spending per prisoner ranges from $18,000 a year in Mississippi to $50,000 in Californion..."

More prisoners doesn't make us safer, and there are many interventions that would make us safer and reduce the number of prisoners.

If good sense and a belief in human rights doesn't lead to reform, severed budget pressures will.

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