A Solution to Our Prison Problem – Soccer Balls

A Solution to Our Prison Problem – Soccer Balls

prison guard towerNewsflash: Our prison population over the past two decades has soared to a record-bursting 2.4 million. Almost one out of every 100 Americans is currently incarcerated. (Personally, I blame Hollywood celebutantes Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber for much of the overcrowding problem.)

The USA has more people in prison than any other country in the world – yet one more achievement about which Americans can proudly shout We’re #1. The cost to house all these charming folks is staggering. Check out these startling statistics:

  • The average annual operating cost in 2012 was $28,000 per inmate.
  • Housing the approximately 500,000 people in jail awaiting trial costs $9 billion a year.
  • The cost to put my two daughters through four years of college would be enough to house the entire prison population of Wyoming for four months.
  • An ant can carry 50 times its own body weight.
  • Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

As these alarming statistics clearly demonstrate, we need to do something about the runaway costs of housing our inmates – not to mention cracking down on Donkeys Gone Wild.

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