Tuesday, September 4, 2007

If Our Prisons Were a Corporation, It Would Be Bigger Than Detroit and Wal Mart

From a Reason Post:

We have a corrections sector that employs more Americans than the combined work forces of General Motors, Ford, and Wal-Mart, the three largest corporate employers in the country, and we are spending some $200 billion annually on law enforcement and corrections at all levels of government, a fourfold increase (in constant dollars) over the past quarter century

I am stunned. I just never thought about the shear numbers of people we have to pay to keep dangerous stock traders and dope smokers off the streets.


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