Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017

Posted: March 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

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This report offers some much needed clarification by piecing together this country’s disparate systems of confinement. The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.

Moorbey'z Blog

By Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy

Wait, does the United States have 1.3 million or more than 2 million people in prison? Are most people in state and federal prisons locked up for drug offenses? Frustrating questions like these abound because our systems of confinement are so fragmented and controlled by various entities. There is a lot of interesting and valuable research out there, but varying definitions make it hard — for both people new to criminal justice and for experienced policy wonks — to get the big picture.

This report offers some much needed clarity by piecing together this country’s disparate systems of confinement. The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and…

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  1. futuret says:

    WE ARE LIVING IN A PRISON PLANET INDEED, NOT IN REFERENCE TO ALEX JONES, BUT THE TERMINOLOGY CAN BE USED. IF A PERSON KNOWINGLY SELLS DRUGS TO A MINOR, THEN THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. IF A PERSON IS CAUGHT USING DRUGS AND RESULTS IN A DUI, THEN THROW THE BOOK AT THEM; OTHERWISE I CAN AGREE TO MANY PEOPLE IN PRISON. I HAVE BEEN AND STILL AM A PERSON OF CONTROVERSY, BUT ONE HAS TO REALIZE THAT MANY OF OUR LIFE STYLES REGARDLESS HOW DIFFERENT, IS BEING MANIPULATED BY THE ELITE IN A PRISON LIFE STYLE. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PRICES OF EVERYTHING NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY GOING SKY HIGH, THIS IS ANOTHER PRISON THAT IS BEING FORMULATED TO TURN EVERY LIFE STYLE, ESPECIALLY US POOR INTO A PRISON. THE PRICE OF WATER AND RENTS ARE ESCALATING IN THE UNITED STATES NOW. HERE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, WHERE I LIVE, EVERYDAY THERE ARE PEOPLE IN MASSES LOOKING HELP WITH RENT AND/OR UTILITIES.

    • In my view, futuret, prison is an extremely expensive way of dealing with behavioral problems. There is absolutely no rehabilitation associated with prison any longer. It’s simply a matter of warehousing greater and greater numbers of people at great cost to the taxpayer. And as Shelby points out in her comment, increasingly it’s being used to warehouse the poor, the fastest growing segment of the population.

      • futuret says:

        I KNOW, I AM POOR MYSELF, BUT I WOULD NOT WANT MURDERS, AND LIKE MINDED PEOPLE RUNNING LOOSE. A PERSON DOES AT SOME POINT HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  2. We are ALL prisoners! Some of us just have longer chain lengths than others, but we are imprisoned by capitalism. If there was no money to be made off these prisoners who are actually behind bars, would there be so many? And the ‘elites’ are making it more and more difficult for many of us to keep a roof over our heads by raising rents since many people are no longer owning their home, but have been forced by bad loans to abandon their homes for apartments. With medical expenses out the wazoo with an aging population, this does not bode well for any of us and add to this mix the fact of automation and outsourced good paying jobs and there you have a recipe for the disaster that is unfolding right before us.

    Those who are actually physically behind bars will soon have much company as more and more laws will be placed on the books to punish homelessness because though we think we have a homeless epidemic now, it is only going to get worse.

  3. What a great way to put it, Shelby – “some of us have longer chains than others.” And I’m sure you already know I’m in agreement – that it’s capitalism that imprisons us. The scourge of poverty has become so cruel in recent years that a growing number of perps deliberately re-offend because at least that way they can be guaranteed regular meals and a roof over their head.

    The day before yesterday the regional manager of the Department of Corrections for our area came to speak to the Maori elders group I belong to. She says her whole department is committed to reducing prison numbers – because it’s a total nightmare for guards and wardens as much as prisoners – even if it means working themselves out of a job.

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