Interesting Facts From The Economist August 17th-23rd, 2013

Newgate Prison, Bristol c18th

Newgate Prison, Bristol c18th (Photo credit: brizzle born and bred)

I ran across this article in The Economist about prison reform on page 23 and thought it may be of interest. I found this quote eye-opening even though I knew part of the story.

“America has the world’s largest prison population. China, which has more than four times as many people and nobody’s idea of lenient judiciary, comes a distant second. One in 107 American adults was behind bars in 2011—the highest rate in the world—and one in every 34 was under “correctional supervision” (either locked up or on probation or parole). A black man in America is 3.6 time more likely to be incarcerated than a black man in 1993 in South Africa, just before apartheid ended.”

I was stunned by the correctional supervision statistics and wondered how do you even begin to fix this mess. If you have suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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