Monday, August 6, 2007

"American prisons employ more people than Ford, G.M., and Wal-Mart combined. With 5% of the world population, the U.S. has 25% of its prisoners... "

Glenn C. Loury: Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

They hate us for our freedom, right?

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Anonymous said...

Is the author this stupid:

"And so we prepared. Stoked by fear and political opportunism, but also by the need to address a very real social problem, we threw lots of people in jail, and when the old prisons were filled we built new ones.

But the onslaught never came. Crime rates peaked in 1992 and have dropped sharply since. Even as crime rates fell, however, imprisonment rates remained high and continued their upward march."

Of course crime didn't rise, that is because the criminals are in prison!