<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: We're #1! (in prisoners)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

We're #1! (in prisoners)

According to a report released today by the Pew Center on the States, more than 1 in 100 American adults is in jail or prison.

More than 1 in 100.

You probably know someone who is behind bars.

The actual number of Americans in jail or prison: 2,319,258.

"Not that many," you say? Uh, yeah, it is. Whether per capita or in raw numbers, it's more than any other nation.


The cost of all that incarceration? More than $49 billion last year. Twenty years ago it was $11 billion. That's a rate of increase six times greater for "corrections" than for higher education.

Hmmm. Wonder if there's a connection?



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