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The Myth of Deterrence. But a distinguished committee of scholars working for the National Research Council has now reached the striking and convincing conclusion that all of the research about deterrence and the death penalty done in the past generation, including by some first-rank scholars at the most prestigious universities, should be ignored.

The Myth of Deterrence

The committee found that the research “is not informative about whether capital punishment increases, decreases, or has no effect on homicide rates.” No study looks at what really matters, by comparing the deterrent effects of capital punishment with other penalties, like life without parole. Michael Moore Goes to Norway & Visits a Prison of the Future. Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights. Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world.

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system has failed on every count: public safety, fairness and cost-effectiveness. Across the country, the criminal justice reform conversation is heating up. Each week, we feature our some of the most exciting and relevant news in overincarceration discourse that we’ve spotted from the previous week. Check back weekly for our top picks. Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America. A prison is a trap for catching time.

Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America

America_s_One_Million_Nonviolent_Prisoners.pdf (application/pdf Object) US Has the Most Prisoners in the World. WASHINGTON - Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts. A U.S. Justice Department report released on November 30 showed that a record 7 million people -- or one in every 32 American adults -- were behind bars, on probation or on parole at the end of last year.

Prisoners per capita statistics - Countries compared. Citation "All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners > Per capita", International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief.

Prisoners per capita statistics - Countries compared

Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from "All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners > Per capita, International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. " 2003 'All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners > Per capita, International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief. America Has Become Incarceration Nation. December 21, 2006 | Like this article?

America Has Become Incarceration Nation

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. [Infographic] Combating Mass Incarceration - The Facts. June 17, 2011 The war on drugs has helped make the U.S. the world's largest incarcerator.

[Infographic] Combating Mass Incarceration - The Facts

America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort. The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery? Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance.

The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery?

For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, “no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens.” Plantations, Prisons and Profits. That paragraph opens a devastating eight-part series published this month by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans about how the state’s largely private prison system profits from high incarceration rates and tough sentencing, and how many with the power to curtail the system actually have a financial incentive to perpetuate it.

Plantations, Prisons and Profits

The picture that emerges is one of convicts as chattel and a legal system essentially based on human commodification. Louisiana Incarcerated - NOLA.com. Alabama Agriculture Department Advances Plan to Replace Immigrant Workers With Prisoners. The Economics of Incarceration. Nile BowieActivist Post For anyone paying attention, there is no shortage of issues that fundamentally challenge the underpinning moral infrastructure of American society and the values it claims to uphold.

The Economics of Incarceration

Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons. As state governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls, a Wall Street giant is offering a solution: cash in exchange for state property.

Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons

Prisons, to be exact. Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for "challenging corrections budgets. " Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration, Profit and Loss. November 2, 2011 Executive Summary The imprisonment of human beings at record levels is both a moral failure and an economic one — especially at a time when more and more Americans are struggling to make ends meet and when state governments confront enormous fiscal crises. This report finds, however, that mass incarceration provides a gigantic windfall for one special interest group — the private prison industry — even as current incarceration levels harm the country as a whole. Private Prisons. Private Prisons, Politics & Profits By Edwin Bender Early the morning of Aug. 12, 1999, Tennessee Gov.

Private Prisons Conflict With The Values of a Democracy « Nisqually Jail Impact. The Issues of locking up inmates for profit examined in the academic study Prisons, Privatization, and Public Values. The critical decision to transfer jail management from public to private hands has been done very quietly in Thurston County. It is a big decision with the following issues. Opponents of private prisons argue that their incentive to cut costs to maximize profits presents a threat to the safety of prisoners, prison staff, and the public at large.

They argue that private prisons tend to have fewer guards with less experience, which results in an increased rate of violent incidents behind bars. One study found violent incidents to be as much as 50% more frequent in private prisons (Greene, 2001). The Return Of Debtor's Prisons: Thousands Of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Their Bills. By Marie Diamond on December 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm. 2 US Judges Plead guilty to selling children to private prisons! The High Bugetary Cost of Incarceration. Raise the Crime Rate. Is it true that living in America has become riskier?