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Most Prisoners Come From Few Neighborhoods


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: crime, prisons, usa )

Michelle
- 3211 days ago - sciencenews.org
Crime rates have dropped in the United States over the past 15 years, yet prison populations have soared. The U.S. incarceration rate now exceeds that of other industrialized nations by five times or more, with almost 2.3 million people behind bars and a



   

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gail dair (0)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 4:16 pm
Noted ty
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 5:29 pm
There is something that occurs predominately in the south and southwest that increases the number of inmates. Many now have privatization of prisons, judges help these get build and stay in business. Some of the worst in Texas are owned by Cheney, they are over crowded, dirty, serve intentionally inferior food, and bill the county and state as if they were Hilton.
 

Andrea Dorazio (56)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 5:37 pm
Absolutely correct Kit, and it sickens me. Add to that the inferior counsel poor people receive, practically assuring them a place in prison. Thanks Michelle.
 

. (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 3:50 am
Although there can be unjustifiable factors when it comes to greater incarceration rates in some 'neighborhoods' (unfortunately race still plays a factor sometimes when it comes to suspicion of, and incarceration of, crime), there are also justifiable reasons for that happening.

Poverty breeds crime more than does affluence, both in terms of crimes against property as well as crimes against persons. Here in Birmingham, there are going to be more arrests and incarcerations in, say, a neighborhood filled with public housing projects than there will be in Mountain Brook (an extremely affluent and largely white suburb). And among the reasons for that is the simple fact that more crime is occuring in those housing projects than in Mountain Brook, especially violent crime. I happily go walking in a particular Mountain Brook park, even at night or very early in the morning. But going walking at night in certain other neighborhoods would be a really foolish thing and would likely result in my becoming a victim of crime. That's just reality.

Of course, if our government would just grow some brains and decriminalize drugs, our prison population would be drastically reduced.
 

Terry B (649)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:58 am
Duhh --- well, yeh --- they are called the "bad parts of town."
 

Kit B (276)
Friday September 3, 2010, 8:18 am
Please listen to this and Think! Though from the Bush era it applies just as much today, in some ways even more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTW0y6kazWM&feature=player_embedded

"We Can't Make Here Anymore" by James McMurty
 

Terry B (649)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:25 pm
The times they are a'changin.

A couple of centuries ago in my high school years I lived in New York City and there was no part of town that we were told to stay clear of, although we avoided the Bowery because the drunks would pester us, ut they didn't seem dangerous. We often went to the clubs in Harlem for the live music and on Satuday night there were a lot of white kids along with the blacks on 125th Street (back in those days teens could go into clubs in New York, they just couldn't drink alcohol).

From what I hear at a safe distance in Rhode Island and Ontario, that's no longer the case.
 
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