Thursday, February 28, 2008

Land of the Free?

More than one in 100 adult Americans is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year, in addition to more than $5 billion spent by the federal government, according to a report released today.
With more than 2.3 million people behind bars at the start of 2008, the United States leads the world in both the number and the percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving even far more populous China a distant second, noted the report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Ah the WAr on Drugs...awesome isn't it?

Cliff said...

So many of their crazier policies political, economic, legal and military are approaching the points where they just aren't sustainable anymore.

The cognitive dissonance between their rhetoric and what they can actually even afford anymore is reaching zero point.

It's kinda fun to watch. In a raging conflagration that could engulf you at any second sort of way.

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