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Thursday, February 28, 2008

1 in every 100 Americans is behind bars!

This story just goes to show what a retribution centered country we live in. In stead of trying to solve problem we "declare war on it" The farce that is the "war on drugs" is only making our prisons bigger and with more prisons being turned over to the private sector, rather than funding more rehabilitation and prevention, we are investing millions in incarcerating addicts.

RawStory article on the latest Pew Report!THAT'S INSANE AMERICA!

Report: 1 in every 100 Americans behind bars Total is far more than any other country in the world

By DAVID CRARY Associated Press

NEW YORK — For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs.

The report, released today by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.

Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 — one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world

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