Editorial: Americans in Jail

Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

03/07/2008 - Welcome to America, the prison capital of the world.

A report released last month by the Pew Center on the States says that the number of prisoners in federal and local jails grew to 2.3 million last year. That's akin to locking up the entire state of Nevada.

About one in every 99 adults is behind bars. One in every 9 African American men between 20 and 34 is incarcerated.

Read the full editorial Americans in Jail on the Philadelphia Inquirer Web site.

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