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The Orwellian comment of the week award goes to Paul Casses, a law professor gifting us with his insight from the University of Utah:
“It’s terrible we have to incarcerate so many so the rest of us can live safely,” he said. “But that’s the price of living in the most free society in the world.”What? To have the most free society in the world, we must imprison more of our people than any other society in the world? Sir, you are an authoritarian hack.
We now have more than1 in 100 Americans is in jail. There are approximately 2.3 million Americans currently serving time. That is more than ANY other country in the world, including China which has a paltry 1.5 million of it's 1.3 billion people behind bars. Per capita, our incarceration rates are beyond staggering. The Chinese have over a billion more people than we do, yet a million fewer people in prison.
You can the report from the Pew Center on the States here.