Thursday, April 14, 2011

Prisons In America

In 2009 there were 2,297,400 people in prison, which is .75% of our population, according to Wikipedia. The cost per inmate per day is roughly $62.01, which is even more incredible to me. That is $142,461,774 a day to fund our prisons. I could understand that a little more if everyone in prison was a threat to those around them, but for the cost, there are too many people in prison for things that they do not need to be. Offenses such as fraud can call for jail time. I think the confiscation of the stolen money and a large fine could rectify it instead of spending all the money on them. I think that amount of money is appropriate to keep dangerous people off the streets, but maybe some punishments for certain crimes should be reevaluated.

The profile that stood out most to me was the one about Hinkel Schillings and Shade pate, the hunters. I admired their shared culture in hunting. They both fell in love with it at a very young age, and had families very involved in that type of sport. I also appreciate the respect they show for their dogs. Even though one of the dogs, Corene, only had a single eye they still enjoyed watching her hunt with the others.


  1. it is outrageous the amount of money spent on prisons. This is, of course, due to overcrowding. But there has to be some way to cut down, and at the same time cut down the population as well.

  2. I also reserached how many people are in prison. I saw that it talked about how much money was spent of funding the prisons. I didn't see the numbers that you posted, thats a lot of money! I agree that its necessary to keep dangerous people off the streets but I feel like the money can be cut back or redirected for crime prevention etc.

  3. i agree with you on the fact that locking people is another way to keep them of the street, but i think the governments should should focus all the money with some other wasy to prvents crimes.


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