The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world: Approximately 1 in 100 adults or more than 2.2 million people are behind bars in the US, according to the Pew Center on the States. In addition, another 4.6 million (or a total of almost 7 million) people live under some form of correctional supervision.
Mass incarceration is not a result of higher crime rates: The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world not because it has higher crime rates, but because it imprisons more types of criminal offenders, including non-violent and drug offenders, and keeps them in prison longer. With the exception of homicide, US crime rates are comparable to other European countries with much lower incarceration rates.
Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts US racial minorities: Mass incarceration has had a devastating effect on blacks and Hispanics in the US. African Americans are six times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person and non-white Latinos are almost three times more likely to be incarcerated, according to the Pew Center on the States.
Incarceration hits hardest at young black and Latino men without high school education. An astounding 11 percent of black men, aged between 20 and 34, are behind bars. Much of the racial disparity is a result of the US’ war on drugs - started by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. By 1988, blacks were arrested on drug charges at five times the rate of whites. By 1996, the rate of drug admissions to state prison for black men was 13 times greater than the rate for white men. This is despite the fact that African Americans use drugs at roughly the same rate as white Americans.
Mass incarceration is expensive: Imprisoning people is not cheap. The average cost of housing an inmate is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year. This price tag comes at the direct expense of public money that could be spent on public education, medical care and public assistance. And it is one reason why so many states face fiscal crises today.
It’s nice to see that my current state (Minnesota) is one of the best on this issue, but the map as a whole is devastating.
Welcome to the National Police States of America, now please take this iPhone 5s, scan your fingerprint, take a selfie, participate in the economy, get a job, and pray you don’t get thrown in jail for smoking a flower or driving too fast
If anyone can find the Merriweather Post Pavillion album cover t-shirt, and sell it to me that’d be beautiful. But. I don’t see that happening. D: I JUST WANT THAT DAMN SHIRT. Its my bday Monday maybe it can be a surprise or something
The older generation constantly is blaming the deterioration of our society and the social problems of our generation on us. But they forget that they were the generation that raised us, they are responsible for the world now and the world we create in their footsteps. And they have ruined many of the hearts and minds of our generation and filled us with material obsessions and an addictive consuming personality. Take responsibility for the generation you raised, and maybe we will take responsibility defending the Earth from the self-destructive system you created. Time is ticking, and soon it will be up to our generation to fix the myriad of environmental, social, and political problems handed down to us from the generations before that we had no control over. Our generation between 1985-1995 out numbers the baby boomers. They thought they could keep us silent through the use of materialism and social conformity. They were wrong.
#rp @tukro #JFK #quote This man is so inspiring. What a different world we would be living in today.
#wakeup #america #nwo #politics #global #society #lies #fluoride #imperial #truth #banking #capitalism
How quickly we want to forget our imperialistic history #warcrimes #crimesagainsthumanity #weboflies #war #Iraq #destruction #illegal #UN
Wow 6/10 Senior Counsel members to the 9/11 Commission have gone on record to say they acknowledge the government is not being truthful about this. Not to mention Bush signed an executive order barring the FBI from releasing information on 9/11 to “protect public safety”, secrecy akin to Nixon surrounding the Watergate files with the FBI to obstruct justice when Congress was pursuing his impeachment. Two days prior and the day prior our government intercepted messages they chose to ignore, on of them “Tomorrow is zero hour”. That day the NORAD was holding training over the NorthEast US; training in the event of hijacked planes. So they didn’t realize what was actually happening wasn’t a drill.
By definition the United States has been the biggest supporter of state backed terrorism since we dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which were human testing grounds for these horrific weapons? These two cities had NO strategic significance and were full of civilians NOT soldiers. The two cities were even removed from the fire bombing list because they posed no threat. Why say this? Both bombs were made of different radioactive substances to observe the destructive effects on humans and infrastructure of each. These people were test subjects. Conveniently for the elite we were taught in school they were used to end the war without invading the island facing massive loss of US soldiers. This is a fabrication made to make US seem even more heroic. After reading into the end of WWII, we signed an agreement with Russia, following the destruction of Nazi Germany they were to focus all their efforts on Japan’s expansion into Manchuria and Asia. Japan would be surrounded and face eminent destruction by the US and Russian forces, they would have to surrender. We dropped the first bomb a day before Russia would enter the war with Japan. This move was purely a political flexing of military might to show our superpower status. Not to mention the horrific and gruesome fire bombings of Japan. This military warmongering has to end. “If mankind does not put an end to war, war will put an end to mankind” JFK
Karl Marx, occupying the proletariat since the 19th century. #politics #slavery #corruption #corporations #control #government #liberal #Karl #Marx #revolution
Another day in the life of a political science major #muchreading #veryknowledge #sopolitical