Jim Webb: Someone worth following…

Posted: January 15, 2012 by lactoselazy in IL in Fiscal Ruins, The Causes of Wrongful Convictions
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Prison spending is the fastest growing budget item for state’s behind Medicaid spending. Here is one man in Congress determined to change this…

Jim Webb’s Criminal-Justice Crusade

“…There are two types of people in America: those, like Webb, who think the criminal-justice system desperately needs to be fixed, and those who haven’t been paying attention. In 1980, fewer than 500,000 Americans were in prison; today, the number is 2.3 million. To put that statistic in perspective, the median incarceration rate among all countries is 125 prisoners for every 100,000 people. In England, it’s 153; Germany, 89; Japan, a mere 63. In America, it’s 743, by far the highest in the world. Include all the U.S. residents currently on probation or parole, and our country’s correctional population soars to about 7.2 million—roughly one in every 31 Americans. All told, the U.S. incarcerates nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, even though it’s home to only 5 percent of the world’s inhabitants…”

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