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Monday, December 18, 2006

Crime and Imprisonment




Sometimes we take government for granted.

Sometimes we just have to say, “Thank you!”

Seven million American adults are behind bars, on probation or on parole, the Justice Department says. Of those, 2.2 million are in prison or jail.

Prison releases are increasing, but thankfully admissions are increasing more.

Men still far outnumber women in prisons and jails, but the female population is growing faster.

Bleeding hearters are upset. “What about the kids left behind?”, asks Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, a group supporting criminal justice reform. "Misguided policies that create harsher sentences for nonviolent drug offenses are disproportionately responsible for the increasing rates of women in prisons and jails."

Yep. Misguided policies that keep criminals off the streets. Marc should look up “foster care” or “Oliver”. Either one.

According to the FBI:

  • The violent crime rate increased 1.3% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996 to 2005 the rate fell 26.3%.
  • The property crime rate decreased 2.4% from 2004 to 2005. From 1996 to 2005, the rate fell 22.9%.

8.1 percent of black men under 29 years old are in jail, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it's not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and over three times as likely as white women to be in prison.

Please note that violent crime, property crime, crime with firearms and all crime rates are down.

Maybe, just maybe, the right people are in jail.


  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger Stew Magoo said…

    Good thing there's not a law against being weird. Because I'd be screwed.

    Speaking of which, tag, you're it.


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