The Land of the Formerly Free
Post take from Vox Day' blog, he is a Christian Liberterian. As the economy slows and more jobs are loss, the prisions will become even more crowded. The US has the worlds highest per capita incarceration rate. I think it is a direct consequense of the warfare and welfare state the US has become. It is amazing the issue is never discussed in the presidential debates.
The Land of the Formerly Free I'm sure it's just a coincidence that this has occurred at a time when American liberties are under direct assault:
For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population. The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.
Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 -- one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world.
Look for that percentage to continue to grow, most likely at an increasing rate.