Thursday, July 8, 2010

Prison State

"Why is 1 in 18 men in the world’s richest nation on probation, on parole or in jail?" asks Michael Cook — The dark side of American exceptionalism. "Why does the United States, which prides itself on being a beacon of liberty for the world’s oppressed, jail so many people?"

"We have an incarceration rate in the United States, the world's greatest democracy, that is five times as high as the average incarceration rate of the rest of the world," said Senator Jim Webb. "There are only two possibilities here: either we have the most evil people on earth living in the United States; or we are doing something dramatically wrong in terms of how we approach the issue of criminal justice.”

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Anonymous Barry said...

Excellent questions...I think historians will view this pretty clearly even if we in our hubris cannot

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

Solution: Manhattan Island will become the maximum security prison for the entire country.

A 50-foot containment wall will completely surround the island. All bridges and tunnels will be mined.

There will be no guards inside the prison; only prisoners and the worlds they will make.

The rules are simple: one you go in, you don't come out.

-- Police Commissioner Bob Hauk

10:21 AM  

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