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Tough Enough on Crime?

The USA knows a thing or two about prisons and incarceration. For a big picture view of the geography of incarceration check out Prison Map. It shows Google Earth images of US prisons, there's even a heart shaped one! 

The infographic below shows some disturbing trends. I like to think there are solutions but I'm not seeing them championed by any US politicians. Tough on crime is an easy sell. It plays on people's fears. Ultimately many inmates could be doing better things than "time".