More talk on the U.S. prison population and its economic impact

 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.