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“Between 1990 and 2005 Posted on May 26, 20177 Comments

“Between 1990 and 2005, a new prison opened in the United States every ten days. Prison growth and the resulting “prison-industrial complex”—the business interests that capitalize on prison construction—made imprisonment so profitable that millions of dollars were spent lobbying state legislators to keep expanding the use of incarceration to respond to just about any problem. Incarceration became the answer to everything—health care problems like drug addiction, poverty that had led someone to write a bad check, child behavioral disorders, managing the mentally disabled poor, even immigration issues generated responses from legislators that involved sending people to prison. Never before had so much lobbying money been spent to expand America’s prison population, block sentencing reforms, create new crime categories, and sustain the fear and anger that fuel mass incarceration than during the last twenty-five years in the United States.”
Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (p. 260).


  1. That is a mind blowing statistic. Money and greed rule the privatized system, and the “war on drugs.” So many individuals that I work with get caught in this money driven system.

    1. It’s a really well done book about a heart breaking topic. You can also read reports from the Equal Justice Initiative. They have a website full of information and a teacher’s guide for the book that you can download.

  2. Yup! Thanks for sharing this info. There are social systems we have put in place so as to not have to deal with the problems we create- this is a big one…I appreciate your truth telling!

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