Lipstick on the injustice system

Scenic rooms without a viewWhat a scenic view. This is the prison just outside Buena Vista. Too bad all the cells face inward. The vista is for us.

Driving by this lovely compound, I had to think about how easily we accept the need for prisons. They’re perfectly natural parts of society. There’s always going to be crime, just as there will always be unemployment. There’s a magic constant, a percentage. And that’s probably true.

But that wouldn’t explain why the percent of the American population living behind prison walls has been growing exponentially, and is the highest in the world. That’s not natural. In fact, it suggests that the incarceration rate is not related to the crime rate.

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