Very important points made in this article regarding the prison population explosion in the US.
Especially, the racial disparities in sentencing and in other areas of the criminal justice system.
Five myths about Americans in prison
By Marc Mauer and David Cole
No country on Earth imprisons more people per capita than the United States. But for America, mass incarceration has proved a losing proposition. The Supreme Court recently found California’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional, and state legislators want to cut the vast amounts of public money spent on prison warehousing.
Why are so many Americans in prison, and which ones can be safely released? Let’s address some common misunderstandings about our incarceration problem.