17 May 2008
Adult, American, poor--book 'em, Dan-o!
According to Adam Liptak writing in the NY Times:
One out of every 100 adults in the United States is behind bars!
One out of every 36 Hispanic adults in the United States is behind bars!
One out of every 15 African American adults in the United States is behind bars!
While one of every 335 white women in the US is behind bars, one out of every 100 black women is incarcerated!
Today the NY Times tells us the US is planning a big new prison in Afghanistan!
What the hell kind of animals have we turned into? In a recent interview on NPR Adam Liptak reported that in the 19th century the US prison system was a model for the world, people came from all over to see how rehabiltative incarceration could be made to work. Nowadays no one comes, we have become the poster child for a different sort of prison system--one which punishes and gives no thought to rehabilitation.
We have become a nation that kidnaps, carries out renditions, tortures, warehouses, ignores due process, runs kangaroo courts, military tribunals (with mulligans), and warehouses millions for their addictions.
We have become addicted to vengeance, inured to cruelty. When will we try to be better?