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Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison

by Michael Snyder, End of the American Dream:

Nobody in the world loves locking people behind bars as much as Americans do.  We have more people in prison than any other nation on the planet.  We also have a higher percentage of our population locked up than anyone else does by a very large margin.  But has all of this imprisonment actually made us safer?  Well, the last time I checked, crime was still wildly out of control in America and for the most recent year that we have numbers for violent crime was up 15 percent.  The number of people that we have locked up has quadrupled since 1980, but this is not solving any of our problems.  Clearly, what we are doing is not working.

Nobody wants more crime.  And it seems logical that locking more people up and keeping them in prison for longer terms would “clean up our streets” and make our communities safer.  But instead, we have spawned a “prison industrial complex” that costs taxpayers more than 60 billion dollars a year but that does very little to turn the lives of the men and women inside around.  The chart posted below is a bit old, but it shows that we have a massive problem with recidivism in this country…

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13 comments to Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison

  • Rodster

    Prison industrial complex, military industrial complex, student loans, healthcare industry. Get the picture, all courtesy of yours truly the US Federal Govt. They start and fund programs to make us poorer and businesses richer.

    They don’t care if you’re locked up and never fit back in with society. If you did then there would be NO need for cops or prisons. I caught on to the whole Ponzi scheme when I figured out that your auto insurance is not tied to how many traffic violations or accidents you have had. Nope it’s primarily tied to your CREDIT SCORE. If you don’t feed the system it all collapses.

    • Gnostic

      Rodster, That is interesting points you make, I suspect debtors prison is next?

      • Rodster

        Debtor prisons are already available. Collection lawyers and agencies have no trouble taking debtors to court and Judges locking up the debtors. In fact Michael Synder wrote multiple blogs about that very same thing.

        Keep in mind that The USSA lost it’s mfg base so it has to CREATE and EXPAND gimmicks to create jobs and keep people working.

  • willygroper

    what is going on with the audio news ads? sometimes 2 at a time. can’t listen to video or nothing.

    r u being hit by an agency that doesn’t like truthyness?

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  • NaySayer

    The hope we have of ending this crap lies with the states and certainly not with the federal government.

    Many states are required to pay for the prisons that the federal government wants filled with people convicted because of IT’S POLICIES.

    Why do you think so many states are de-criminalizing pot? Because their prisons are filled with non violent drug offenders and they have to pay for it, not the feds. Plus of course the states want the sales and sin tax revenue from the pot sales.

    I think we need to get rid of felony murder charges against non violeht participants in a crime as well. If any person dies for ANY reason during the commission of any felony violation of the “law” then every person involved is charged with murder.

    So two 18 year old kids go out and boost a car. One of them is seen by the owners who rushes up and the thief pushes the guy away, who falls down and hits his head. He lives, but his wife has a fatal heart attack watching it. Now the guy sitting on the next block who drove the car thieves to the scene is charged and convicted with her “felony murder”. The underlying felony is grand theft auto and since somebody/anybody died, they are all charged with murder. Of course whichever of the criminals agrees to rat out the others first, gets a reduced charge and probably no jail time at all.

    Or a cop messes up and accidentally shoots a witness to an armed robbery of a liquor store, now every person accused of being with the robber is guilty for the cop’s killing of the witness and they all go to prison for life. Is this right? or just another way to get more people locked up for longer sentences?

  • paw

    It’s true, the U.S. does have the largest prison population percentage wise more so than any other nation on earth. BUT, the U.S. also has the most LAWS out of any other nation on earth too, and not to mention the most amount of dedicated law enforcement. We live in a nation of laws people, get over it. If you don’t like the U.S., move to Nigeria where you can contract ebola or move to another country where you are not allowed to have a gun. Most of the people who comment on this site have never lived outside of the U.S. before and don’t realize just how good they have it.

    • NaySayer

      You move out of america if you don’t like the way the rest of us would like to get out of “Police state america” as a mindset. America was not meant to be a concentration camp.

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