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  •  Just a few more random observations on this (8+ / 0-)

    subject...and thank you, Ken, for linking to this article:

    • The private prison scourge is just the tip of the iceberg. The overall Prison-Industrial Complex encompasses everything from the prison construction industry to the  prison food-service industry to the police "toys" industry and is a trillion-dollar-per-year participant in the corporate ownership of our "government".
    • We hear rightwingers whine about the "revolving-door justice system", yet the fact remains - as this diary and this article point out - that the US maintains the highest percentage of its citizens behind bars of any country in the world. Somehow, I think those rightwing "lock-'em-up" types (and let us not forget the "law-'n-order liberals") are barking up the wrong tree when they claim that the solution is to build more prisons.
    • The US has, of course, the highest percentage of private gun ownership in the world, but that obviously hasn't had the NRA's claimed effect of "reducing crime". Oh, wait...I forgot. We need more guns and bigger ammunition magazines in private hands. And in our schools. And in our public places. That will reduce crime.
    • Yes, it's a tired statistic, but it is still a fact: it costs as much per year to incarcerate a prisoner as it would cost to send him or her to college. And it costs much more to incarcerate a three-strikes victim for life than it would have cost to provide proper support (nutrition, housing, education, etc.) to that inmate over is or her childhood.
    • State "corrections" policies have been gradually moving further and further away from "rehabilitation" and more and more toward "punishment for punishment's sake". And rehabilitation has always been sort of an afterthought anyway, so we were starting with a pretty low bar.

    Needless to say, the US is clearly doing something wrong. There seems to be a lot of that going around in US public policy lately. Hmmmmm...I wonder if that Republican influence could just maybe be the problem?

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 07:45:59 AM PST

    •  Your signature line sums up the problem! (4+ / 0-)
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      oldcrow, tardis10, lcrp, blue in NC

      Steal from the rich, you're a criminal to be incarcerated. Steal from the poor, you're a politician or a businessman to be honored.

      My wife, daughter and granddaughters should have more privacy in their doctor's office than I have buying another rifle or shotgun.

      by NM Ray on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 08:26:08 AM PST

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