<!-- 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.

WE'RE NUMBER ONE!

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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