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Incarceration Nation: U.S. jailing too many

• http://www.detroitnews.com, By U.S. Sen. Jim Webb

The scope of the problem is vast: We have 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the world's known prison population. More than 7 million Americans are incarcerated, on probation, or on parole; 2.27 million Americans are in prison — five times the world's average incarceration rate. At the same time, two-thirds of Americans say there is more crime today than a year ago.

The disintegration of our criminal justice system, day by day and year by year, and the movement toward mass incarceration — with very little attention being paid to clear standards of prison administration or meaningful avenues of re-entry for those who have served their time — are dramatically affecting millions of lives. They are draining billions of dollars from our economy, destroying notions of neighborhood and family in hundreds of communities across the country, and — most importantly — not making our country a safer or a fairer place.
 
It is in the interest of every American, in every community across this land, that we thoroughly re-examine our entire criminal justice system in a way that allows us to interconnect all of its different aspects when it comes to finding proper approaches and solutions to each component part. I am convinced that the most appropriate way to conduct this examination is through a presidential-level commission, tasked to bring forth specific findings and recommendations for the Congress to consider and, where appropriate, enact.

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Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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As corrected: "The more life is HARD to live due to economic hardships and the harder are the difficulties the Government encounters in solving our national problems, the more people are going to jail." 

Writing down your thoughts at the speed of light results in this kind of corrections, which your tormentors may take advantage of using against you.

Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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As corrected: "failure of the Administration to RESPOND to this socio-economic crises of epic proportion!"

Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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The more life is harder to live due to economic hardships and the harder are the difficulties the Government encounters in solving our national problems, the more people are going to jail.

Economic difficulties, i.e. the rising rates of poverty and social disempowerment, rise in tandem with the increasing rate of criminality. The correlation has been shown in many scientific studies.

But this is a "traditional" phenomenon. What is alarming is the moving experience of rising frustrations that leads to hatred of the Establishment, primarily due to a slow, indifferent if not ultimate failure of the Administration to response to this socio-economic crises of epic proportion!

The anger and frustrations are so overwhelming millions of the less educated and morally weak had succumbed to hopelessness, and, loading their guns, are ready to march down the streets, threatening the Federal Government and its functionaries with violence and mayhem.

As I earlier reported in the website, the National Institute of Health conducted a study of this alarming hostility towards the Government and concluded that a great number of angry people had developed a certain form of "mental illness" that highlights the covert activities of terrorists, both local and foreign. As our national security laws keep on increasing by leaps and bounds to counter the rise of terrorism, it is not surprising why our jailbirds are rapidly multiplying per X-thousands of populations compared to that of the rest of the world.

Your uncontrollable anger shown in this website contributes to the development of this spine-tingling phenomenon as thousands experiencing similar feeling of disempowerment read them, especially the jobless that had nothing else to do but just sit down and sulk and swear for revenge or vindication of their predicament while waiting for some kind of deliverance.


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