“ Two Separate Societies: One in Prison, One Not”; Marie Gottschalk provides this opinion piece in the Washington Post. Here’s the intro:
Forty years ago, the Kerner Commission concluded in its landmark study of the causes of racial disturbances in the United States in the 1960s: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Today we are still moving toward two societies: one incarcerated and one not. The Pew Center on the States released a study in February showing that for the first time in this country’s history, more than one in every 100 adults is in jail or prison. According to the Justice Department, 7 million people — or one in every 32 adults — are either incarcerated, on parole or probation or under some other form of state or local supervision.
And Sentencing Law and Policy notes this article, from The Detroit News: “Bulging prisons drain Michigan’s budget; State faces hard choices as get-tough laws put more behind bars.” See my prior posts here and here for more about other states grappling with the high costs of prisons.