How large will prison population grow?

Last modified: 5/13/2012 12:00:00 AM
A question before the American voters: Do we want to keep our prison population growing?

The United States has 5 percent of world population and 25 percent of the world's prisoners. We have a million more prisoners than the next in line, China. One in every 100 Americans is in prison. There is an extremely small correlation between the reduction in crime and the incarceration rate.

There is a correlation between Republican states and the level of prison population. One big reason: The American Legislative Exchange Council has state corrections committee members submitting its bills to be approved by conservative state lawmakers. ALEC's bills include truth in sentencing and the 'three strikes, your out' laws that account for a large percentage of our prison population. ALEC also is pushing the privatization of the state's prisons.

Corrections Corp. of America, which is pushing for privatizing New Hampshire prisons, is considered a good stock investment by financial advisers. There is no financial advantage to New Hampshire to privatize our prisons. There is to CCA, if it keeps its prisons full. Please go to CCA on your computer and learn more about its program for us.

KENT WARNER

Center Harbor




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