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Why does the United States lock up so many people?

Freedom is seldom found By beating someone to the ground... We’re in the belly of the beast Because we fed it -- Amos Lee, Freedom Prisoner sketch, Pelican Bay SHU The statistics are shocking: One out of every 99 adults quarantined behind bars in the United States, with larger and larger swaths of the civilian work force deployed as a captor class. Although academic scholars have been analyzing the social costs of our 30-year punishment binge for some time, the American public has been oddly disinterested in our de-evolution into a full-blown prison nation.
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