by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Thu Jan 09 2014, 08:02am | 4 comments
No 543,124 on the list “How Could This Happen in America?”
And the answer is always the same: Because money is all that matters.
It’s also a reflection of the “tough on crime”, “lock them up” politics and public sentiment.
But this didn’t “rock a nation”. It’s already been forgotten by most. and it probably went on in lots of other court rooms and still goes on.
That’s the first-order problem. The second-order problem is prison owners lobbying for laws that produce higher rates of imprisonment. Oddly, though, admissions to prisons in the US have been dropping lately… http://www.samefacts.com/2014/01/crime-control/u-s-prison-admissions-are-at-a-two-decade-low/
Yeah, that’s a problem. As with all the other problems that don’t involve reality TV stars: mostly no one gives a shit.
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