May every redneck bow his head and thank the good Lord for the blessing he bestowed upon us this wonderful March day, when He showed us (via Rueter’s UK and Daily Rotten) that America outshines the world in the number of its citizens that are in the “Corrections System“.
America is certainly God’s country.
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – One in every 31 U.S. adults is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Center on the States.
The study, which said the current rate compares to one in 77 in 1982, concluded that with declining resources, more emphasis should be put on community supervision, not jail or prison.
“Violent and career criminals need to be locked up, and for a long time. But our research shows that prisons are housing too many people who can be managed safely and held accountable in the community at far lower cost,” said Adam Gelb, director of the Center’s Public Safety Performance Project, which produced the report.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate and the biggest prison population of any country in the world, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Most of those in the U.S. corrections system — one in 45 — are already on probation or parole, with one in 100 in prison or jail, the Pew study found.
Those numbers are higher in certain areas of the country, and Georgia tops all states with one in 13 adults in the justice system. The other leading states are Idaho, where one in 18 are in corrections and Texas, where the rate is one in 22. In the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., nearly 5 percent of adults are in the city’s penal system.
This was the first criminal justice study that took into account those on probation and parole as well as federal convicts, Pew said.
Lord, since we know how much you dislike dope and much prefer a little vino, the numbers of prisoners and those in the “Corrections Systems” that are there for that vile weed are the ones that have put us over the top to Number One, while your winos are hanging out on the street corners and living rooms everywhere.
Thank you, Lord, for protecting us from all those dope heads who couldn’t measure up to those that became presidents and Olympic Swimmers and some of the greatest minds that this planet has produced. It is by the loser dopehead’s sacrifice that the prison system and those who own it can be blessed so very much that we have succeeded in this wonderful milestone as a country.
Thank God for America. God Bless America! America Number 1!