Thursday, April 28, 2005

And the problem is...?

CrimProf blog quotes TalkLeft.com when they say:


1 of every 138 U.S. residents are in jail.

The prison population grew by 900 inmates per week between 2003 and 2004.

8,000 more prisoners were admitted to federal prisons than were released.

2.1 million people are housed in our prisons and jails."

And the problem is...? Last time I checked, you have to get this thing called due process before you are deprived of your liberty. It's not like people are just being thrown into jail for no reason. They are committing crimes. They are violating their agreement with society. That fact that more and more of them are being removed from society is a good thing.
The violent crime rate decreased 3.9% from 2002 to 2003. From 1994 to 2003 the rate fell 33.4%.
The property crime rate decreased 1.2% from 2002 to 2003. From 1994 to 2003, the rate fell 23%.

Here, have some more stats that match these.

I think the real story is that despite the fact that we put a lot of people behind bars, there is still an iPod stealing epidemic in New York.

You know what that means? We're going to be increasing that prison population again!

Hooray!

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