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!