1-in-100 American Adults Behind BarsMore than 1% of the US adult population is rotting in prison and learning new ways to get back at the society. Prisons breeds criminals and America breeds the most of them.
A new report by the Pew Center shows that a record of 1-in-100 American adults are now behind bars.
According to the report, the prison population has grown by 25,000 while the rate of violent crimes has decreased. The prison population overwhelmingly consists of people who have been historically oppressed. 1-in-100 black women are jailed, compared to 1-in-350 white women. 1-in-36 Hispanic men and 1-in-15 black men are in jail or prison.
The US has the highest rate of prisoners in the world, with more than 2.3 million people behind bars. Many of the prisoners are innocent and many more could be helped if given a chance at rehabilitation. Yet, most American prisons are places of oppression and torture and only make their victims more criminal.
At the same time, one should consider the fact that 1% of the population may be so damaged by American culture that they have no choice but to be a threat to the society that created them.
The average American, including children, watch 4 hours a day of television. Since most TV is garbage and full of violence, cruelty and mindless sex, it is no wonder that a significant percentage of people can’t behave themselves – they are simply doing what they have been programmed to do.
While the video game industry claims that violent games don’t lead to violence, the facts show otherwise. Children certainly do act-out violence from games and other media and American kids are spoon-fed violence from a very early age. Violence and crime is glorified in American culture and the results are that more people are prone to commit crimes.
Our culture comes at a heavy price. The 50 US 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.
California faces a $16 billion budget shortfall yet spent $8.8 billion on corrections last year.
You can bring hope to some of America’s imprisoned masses by writing to them. Following are some web sites that may help you find someone to write to. Be sure that you keep your own identity secret and don’t releal enough information about yourself to identify your real name or location.
If you would like to help some prisoners please donate some books to your closest prison library or write to a prisoner.
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