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Monday, April 23, 2012

USA: Incarceration Nation

In class and the book I argued that the mainstream media rarely critically cover corrections, and that life inside prisons and jails is largely unknown to most. I also pointed out that this is changing with shows like "Lockup." And I claimed that stories about the enormous costs of corrections are becoming more popular given the current economic crisis.

Along comes CBS News to prove the point. Its Sunday story--"Incarceration Nation"--illustrates how prison and jail populations are killing us. And states are now finally waking up to that fact and taking steps to do something about it.

Remember my song, "We're number one in incarceration, that's why we are the prison nation!" See, I told you so!

1 comment:

  1. If I hadn't taken Corrections as a required class for Criminal Justice, I wouldn't have any idea about the issues with incarceration. This is due to the fact that, in the past, the media hasn't focused on these problems. Some could speculate that this is because of the attempt to maintain status quo; however, the time has come for these issues to come forefront. Hopefully individuals will begin to understand how laced with issues corrections are, such as overcrowding and astronomical expenses, and be willing to make some changes to help remedy the situation.