Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lots of people in the U.S. are behind bars:

Some startling statistics (and stories) in this Economist article.

Of interest, this:
Making a false statement to a federal official is an offence. So is lying to someone who then repeats your lie to a federal official.
That would seem to imply that all lying is effectively illegal since any lie could be repeated to a federal official. When did this become part of the law?

Also, looking at the numbers, 1% of the adult population is behind bars. One percent! That's got to be a drag on the economy.


"One percent! That's got to be a drag on the economy."

It's certainly a drag on state budgets...

By Anonymous e. nonee moose, at 7/28/2010 12:08 PM  

Why do you think California is nudging towards legalizing pot?

They can't afford prohibition anymore.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/28/2010 5:02 PM  

And they aren't figured into unemployment figures, I'll wager. Meaning it's 1% higher if you count people in prison.

By Anonymous clark, at 7/29/2010 11:40 AM  

have you seen this? jan brewer stands to profit from throwing a bunch of brown people in jail.



By Anonymous omen, at 8/03/2010 8:49 PM  

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