Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Who Goes to Prison

Prison turned out to be not nearly as bad as I expected… We have a vastly different justice system today than we had a generation ago, with an order of magnitude of more people in prison, and one of the things that people don’t stop and think about, is that one of the consequences of mass incarceration is that our prison are filled with really normal people. Mass incarceration did not happen because of some drastic shift in human nature. It happened because the private prison industry was able to change our laws that allows us to lock up a lot more normal people. 
--Climate activist Tim DeChristopher on Letterman

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