Wednesday, March 25, 2009

With 73 million Americans in prison, on parole or under probation,

states spent $47 billion in 2008, the study said. Yup, you read it right. I had to reread this 3 times before I could reconcile it somehow. You know there is a problem when......almost one in four of a countries population are undergoing some type of behavioral correction process that involves the criminal justice system. I have read such things as the number of persons incarcerated in the US has increased in the past 30 years by threefold. From one in 300 to one in one in 100, but that's not all of the story. Here is an excerpt and the link;

"When state budgets are flush," said Barry Krisberg, president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, "prisons are something that governors and legislators all support, and they don't want to touch sentencing reform. But when dollars are as tight as they are now, you have to make really tough choices. And so now things are in play."

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