3 million strong behind bars and the trend is exponentially rising. But of course, let them tell you it is because of a massive increase in crime. The "land of the free" imprisons more people per capita than any other nation outside of Russia. Makes you proud huh?
I don't mind putting the real criminals in jail. The problem with America is who we choose to prosecute. Rich, white men don't get arrested and prosecuted enough and poor, minority men get arrested and prosecuted too much, especially for nonviolent drug crimes. If they would start arresting the BP, Halliburton and TransOcean execs responsible for the environmental terrorism in the Gulf, I'd be all for it. In fact, I'd go to the Coliseum to see them fed to the lions.
How to reduce that number by 50%: At each prison with active gangs that don't like each other, put em all in a big open area inside the prison. One group on one side and one on the other. Throw a bunch of baseball bats in the middle and let em go at it.
I bet the Soviet Union is smart enough to get rid of their bad element and cleanse society to make it safer for everyone else. They also might send them to Siberia and don't even count them again.