- May 5, 2004
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For the first time in the nation?s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.
Incarceration rates are even higher for some groups. One in 36 Hispanic adults is behind bars, based on Justice Department figures for 2006. One in 15 black adults is, too, as is one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34.
The report, from the Pew Center on the States, also found that only one in 355 white women between the ages of 35 and 39 is behind bars, but that one in 100 black women is.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/us/28cnd-prison.htmlEither way, said Susan Urahn, the center?s managing director, ?we aren?t really getting the return in public safety from this level of incarceration.?
?We tend to be a country in which incarceration is an easy response to crime,? Ms. Urahn continued. ?Being tough on crime is an easy position to take, particularly if you have the money. And we did have the money in the ?80s and ?90s.?
Now, with fewer resources available to the states, the report said, ?prison costs are blowing a hole in state budgets.?
to be fair your draconian laws on drugs is probably responsible for a big chunk of that number ..whih in other countries wouldnt have been a prison sentence