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Holy Crap

This is just plain creepy.

1 in 100 American adults are in prison. If it weren’t for the fact that it was in the New York Times, I would never have believed it.

That’s just a shocking amount of people in prison - how can such a level of imprisonment possibly be sustained?

At what point do you completely devalue the sanction of prison? A good amount of the punishment of being sent to prison is the social stigma, being set apart from normal society and having such a black mark following you for the rest of your life. If 1 in 100 people are in prison RIGHT NOW in the US, how many people have a record of being in prison?

I figure, if the rate of incarceration keeps increasing the way it has been, prison will lose its negative connotation. If you know several people, personally, who’ve been put in prison (maybe for something stupid, like possessing a few joints), how can you see “ex prisoners” as horrible people?

If the general population thinks that prisoners can be pretty good chaps; what’s the point of prison?