…from Senator Webb, with my emphasis...
• The United States has 5% of the world’s population, yet possesses 25% of the world’s prison population;Seems pretty clear that the road to prison reform starts with surrender in the war on (some) drugs. It also seems pretty plain that the road to economic health, especially for many state and local governments, starts with cutting prison costs.
• More than 2.38 million Americans are now in prison, and another 5 million remain on probation or parole. That amounts to 1 in every 31 adults in the United States is in prison, in jail, or on supervised release;
• Incarcerated drug offenders have soared 1200% since 1980, up from 41,000 to 500,000 in 2008; and
• 60% of offenders are arrested for non-violent offensives–many driven by mental illness or drug addiction.
Or maybe Americans are just too high to care.