PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: One Year Of Prison Costs More Than One Year Of Princeton


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WALL STREET JOURNAL: The almost-constant growth of the U.S. prison population during the past 30 years has pushed the number of people behind bars past a new threshold, according to a study released yesterday.With more than 2.3 million people in local jails and state and federal prisons, more than 1% of the U.S. adult population is locked up, according to the Pew Center on the States. The rate is the highest in the world, and the statistics are starker for some groups. More than 11% of the nation’s African-American men ages 20 to 34 are behind bars, the study said. The overall rate has led to among the largest increases in state spending. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, states spent more than $44 billion in tax revenue on corrections last year, compared with $10.6 billion in 1987. MORE

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