Skip to comments.Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets
Posted on 04/08/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT by ThethoughtsofGreg
How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, its hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the whole pie of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison Policy Initiative has released a comprehensive graphic that aggregates the available information and helps to explain the complicated and expansive U.S. correctional system.
From the collected data, the Initiative found that the incarceration system in this country hold[s] more than 2.4 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories. This total distinguishes the United States with the highest incarcerated population in the world.
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Give it time, the whole country is turning into a prison with the amount of laws we have on the books.
Let them out.
Target rich environment.
Practically speaking, states should go the Joe Arpaio route and create tent city prisons. Importantly, such conditions are called “military field conditions”, and by international law are most assuredly lawful and not violations of human rights. They are also much cheaper to run.
And the tremendous irony of such prisons is that they are *not* punishment. In fact, they are rewards, so only well behaved prisoners get to stay there, get fresh air and sunshine, and get to do light work, which is far preferable to sitting in a cell with three or four others all day. Security can be a little lower if there is no place to run to within 20 miles.
Prisoners who are troublesome, or have serious health problems, or continuing legal problems, remain behind in the brick prison in the city. But in much less crowded conditions.
And because tent prisons are so easy and cheap to build, gangsters can be isolated from each other.
Do what emperor Danl Malloy of Connecticut did....release 3,000 felons, in to society to save money.