Monday, March 2, 2009

American Exceptionalism, Imprisoned

The locomotive to the penitentiary continues. . .

One in every 31 U.S. adults is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Center on the States.

The study, which said the current rate compares to one in 77 in 1982, concluded that with declining resources, more emphasis should be put on community supervision, not jail or prison.

The greatest country in the world has the highest per capita incarceration rate of any civilized country. This shameful track record is unnecessary and a direct result of weak and pandering politicians who, interested more in votes than justice, repeatedly pass laws that incarcerate petty criminals and drug addicts. Massive reform is needed.

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