Between 1980 and 2000, the American prison system grew from 500,000 to 2,000,000. State and local spending on corrections grew by 104%, while state and local spending on higher education dropped by 21%.
Today's Prison Quote
Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?
~George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)
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