The United States has now passed a milestone, one of every one hundred adults are in prison or jail. This number grows even more when one considers the number of people on parole or probation. While the dollar is at a record low and our economy is collapsing, we can now at least claim that America now runs the world’s largest prison system.
There are now 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison and states are now spending $49 billion on corrections. We now spend 600% more on prisons that higher education.