Yes, prison is a growth industry in the US, what with residents rising by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Local jails suck up another 723,000 people. Naturally, jail rates are higher for minorities. One in 36 Hispanics is behind bars according to 2006 Justice Department figures. One in 15 black adults is in the slammer, one in nine black men between ages 20 and 34. Also, one in 355 white women between ages 35 and 39 are behind bars, but one in 100 black women are, you naughty girls. These statistics came from the Pew Center on the States. And so, in the big Monopoly game of life, it’s pretty clear where the dice are landing as to “Go to Jail.” If you’re wondering about the tab, the National Association of State budgeting Officers tell us states spent $44 billion in Corrections (not the novel by Jonathan Franzen). That costs are up from $10.6 billion in 1987, a 127 percent increase adjusted once for inflation. Funding from bonds and the federal government plus state spending on Corrections rolled in last year at $49 billion. By 2011, we’re looking at another $25 billion on top of the $49 billion. But hey, they say it creates jobs. One in every nine state government employees works in Corrections, and all the jobs aren’t filled. California spent $500 million plus in overtime in 2006. But California’s prisoner number dropped by 4,000 last year and that makes the Texas prison system numero uno at 172,000. It also had the highest execution rate under George W Bush. Recently, drug treatment programs, drug courts and revised parole practices have been approved, probably before Texas goes broke and has to jail the judges for imprisoning so many poor people. In fact, the average cost per stay per year runs about $23,875. That’s derived from a high of $45,000 a year in Rhode Island and a low of $13,000 in Louisiana, where New Orleans is still swimming in the Katrina apocalypse. The bottom line, according to the FBI, is that violent crime rates (whatever that specifically applies to) have fallen by 25 percent in the past 20 years. http://www.editorialdigest.com/ Keeping you Informed! http://www.subjectseek.com User driven news!