The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Why Are So Many Americans In Prison?

Not enough mental institutions:

Percentage of American adults held in either prison or mental institutions in 1953 and today, respectively: 0.67, 0.68

Percentage of these adults in 1953 who were in mental institutions: 75

Percentage today who are in prisons: 97

That is from Harper's Index, April 2007 issue.


  • Just like the UK, we have record quantities in prison to the extent where we have run out of prison space.
    I am afraid, I think we have been too lenient with crimw in the past, life should mean life not 15 years with good behavior.
    Not until potential criminals realise there is a real punishment to theoir crime will crime really drop.
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:48 PM  

  • We could also stop putting people in prison for smoking pot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 PM  

  • I don't think smoking pot gets you anything more than probation and maybe a fine. I think it is possession of an amount large enough to presume intent to distribute.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 7:39 PM  

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