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US prison population: The largest in the world

by Learn Liberty

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more even than China or Russia. Prof. Daniel J. D'Amico explains that as of 2010 more than 1.6 million people were serving jail sentences in America. Professor D'Amico suggests that “prisons are not what we think about when we think of America, and they shouldn’t have to be.” According to D'Amico, a free country should not have 1.6 million people in prison, and a fiscally responsible country cannot afford to. As Prof. D'Amico points out, it is time for Americans to recognize that the U.S. criminal justice system is desperately in need of reform.

Anaarkei made the following comment:

They were doing well until they used the word “reform”. Abolitionists didn’t ask for reform of slavery, they demanded that it be eliminated. Considering that the prison-industrial complex is tantamount to slavery, and that most of criminal law is arbitrarily created to benefit either the state or politically-connected corporate interests, it’s about time we recognised that there are better ways of dealing with behaviours we don’t like than simply throwing humans into cages.

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