Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jailhouse USA?

Economix draws attention to a stunning statistic from a new report from Pew’s Economic Policy Group and the Pew Center on the States,

"Young black men who dropped out of high school are more likely to be incarcerated than employed."

Incarceration rates in the United States has risen dramatically since 1980, and more than one in three young black men without a high school diploma are currently behind bars. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States houses more inmates than the top 35 European countries combined.

1 comment:

sai prasad said...

So, i think, everybody needs to work to get the citizenry through high school at least. I dont think one needs to justify the need for education at this satge of civilization.

If this is meant to signal such a need, i feel it is positive. But, if this is looked at from the angle of downtrodden-ness, it serves no purpose.