Prison Is a Beast: The U.S. Imprisons More People Than Any Other Country in the World

A new video created by the Brave New Foundation and endorsed by a wide range of groups, from the ACLU and the NAACP to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the United Methodist Church, examines the ways in which prison is like a beast. "The U.S. is paying to have more than 2.3 million people behind bars. That's more than China, more than Iran -- more than any country on Earth," the video's narrator notes. When you also consider that half our prison population is behind bars for non-violent crimes, and that our prison budget has swelled to an astonishing $228 billion a year... well, you get the idea.

Watch the video below.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 30, 2012, 9:12am

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