The 70 billion dollar fish.

prisonI remember the Newsweek article that really made me think about prisons in this country. It was an op ed ish piece about how the United States has much bigger fish (try 70 billion dollars per year) to fry with its own prison system than the situation with the Guantanamo Bay detainees.

For almost three decades, the prisons of this country have become a money making means of storing those human beings with problems that the majority group of our society does not want to seriously address. Because of this, people like to believe that the criminal justice system is just a poor black problem or a poor brown problem, but in the past twelve years incarceration rates have significantly increased for virtually every ethnic group.

The United States incarcerates a larger percentage of its citizens than any country on the earth. Something has to change in the way we raise and educate our youth, the way we deal with those who have paid their debt to society, and the way we interact with each other.

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