One in every 31 U.S. adults is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago
The United States has the highest incarceration rate and the biggest prison population of any country in the world, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Pew says states are spend far too much on the prison system, especially in these economic times, and that probation is much less expensive and can be just as effective.
The prison industrial complex in the US is sick. Politicians get elected by gittin’ tough on crime, fat cat donors get wealthy by building, maintaining, and supplying prisons, and prison guard unions fight viciously against any reform because, hey, less people in prison means less work for them. That’s what I mean by sick.
It needs to change.