Monday, January 12, 2009

The Burgeoning Prison Population

The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. More, even than China with a population five times our own. Here's a simple video that describes how the land of the free is fast becoming the home of the imprisoned.

This mass incarceration is bad for everyone. The moral issue aside, the stress on the prison system is devouring state budgets. Programs to reduce recidivism are being cut. Prisoners are being subjected to conditions that are, simply, inhumane in many cases. And it is giving rise to a prison-industrial complex that can only further diminish our common humanity.

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