Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wow: I knew the US likes to lock people up

...but I had no idea. This one deserves a whole new category.

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/crime/minimum-security.html, about Black's stay in Florida.

"…the U.S. has undergone something of a prisoner boom in recent years. According to a recent study by the Pew Centre in the U.S., about 2.3 million adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008, which is more than any other country in the world, including China with its much bigger population.
It is also a prison population that skews young: One in 30 men between the age of 20 and 34 is behind bars; for black males, the figure is one in nine."

Again, WOW.

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Edit 2012-12-25 from Poughkeepsie, NY

Still wow. I was looking up immigration rates and such today. I love that Canada still brings in a quarter million immigrants a year, and that by 2031 half of all Canadians will have at least one parent born abroad.
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