More Americans in Jail than Ever Before

That’s according to a report just released by the Pew Center on the States, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. About one out of every 100 people are either in jail or prison — the greatest ratio in US history. States spent about $49 billion on correctional facilities last year, about six times more than what we spend on higher education, and an increase from about $11 billion twenty years ago. The surge in the correctional population doesn’t reflect a parallel increase in crime, the report noted, but rather because of tougher sentencing that results in longer prison stays.

18,656FansLike
0FollowersFollow
67,429FollowersFollow
Support the East Bay Express, local news, donate

Newsletter sign-up

eLert sign-up

Oakland
clear sky
47.3 ° F
50 °
44 °
85 %
0.8mph
0 %
Thu
62 °
Fri
63 °
Sat
68 °
Sun
76 °
Mon
67 °