As with our health care system, a generation of conservative control
has left a broken and bloated criminal justice system for progressives
to mend. Current systems are both ineffective and wildly expensive.
The US now incarcerates one out of every one hundred adults. And newly released numbers from the Pew Center on the States shows that an even greater number - 1 in 45 adults
- is on probation or parole. Adding the two together, 1 in 31 adults
in the US is under some form of correctional supervision. When men (1
in 18) and blacks (1 in 11) are even more stupefying. Many states have
rates significantly higher than the national average. Georgia
ranks first in the nation with 1 in 13 adults under correctional
supervision, and high ranking states include liberal bastions like
Massachusetts (1 in 24).