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November 13, 2009

"America's Prison Spree Has Brutal Impact"

The title of this post is the headline of this new commentary by Stuart Taylor in The National Journal.  Here is how it begins:

The November 9 Supreme Court arguments on whether it is cruel and unusual to impose life in prison without parole on violent juveniles who have not killed anybody understandably got prominent media coverage.

But a far more important imprisonment story gets less attention because it's a running sore that rarely generates dramatic "news." That is our criminal-justice system's incarceration of a staggering 2.3 million people, about half of them for nonviolent crimes, including most of the 500,000 locked up for drug offenses.

Forty percent of these prisoners are black, 20 percent are Hispanic, and most are poor and uneducated. This has had a devastating impact on poor black families and neighborhoods, where it has become the norm for young men -- many of them fathers -- to spend time in prison and emerge bitter, unemployable, and unmarriageable.

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Imagine the impact of loosing 1000's of gang bangers, drug dealers, and carjackers on these neighborhoods. All judge released inmates must be placed in halfway houses on the street where the judge lives.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 14, 2009 12:34:58 AM

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