American Jails Never Go Empty

The prison building boom?

Are Americans really that bad? What's going on when you predict your incarceration rate to grow faster than you can keep up?

Are you old enough to remember when county jails were small and more empty than full? How did we go from that to an overcrowded billion dollar industry?

Department of corrections is a billion dollar industry and is fueled by public concern, but why does this very serious circumstance shift based on the economy, instead of criminal activity? Does this mean the more money allocated, the more prisons built, the more inmates we incarcerate?

The astronomical costs of building and maintaining jails and prisons, why would anyone in their right mind build more prisons in anticipation of higher crime rates, instead of taking corrective action to deal with the problem at hand? We've gone from an incarceration rate higher than the number of prisons built to the number of prisons built exceeds the financial capabilities to fill them? Which is the greater crime? 

It all has to do with funneling money to politically connected contractors. A vicious cycle, and astronomical debt passed on to taxpayers, the very people arrested.

The U.S. has a greater percentage of its population locked up than any other country in the world.

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