The economist has a piece on our incarceration rate. Either that or they just published a press release by Senator Webb under their own byline. So... what's the problem here?
Well, there's the failure of the war on drugs, that's an obvious one.
Perhaps less obvious is mental health. I don't know the first thing about the public or private provisions for mental health in the US. It appears to me though that far too many of the mentally ill have fallen through the cracks. If they're in prison, or homeless in the streets, or employed by Fox News... well, that's not doing any good for anyone.
Anyone else have a theory? Does the US of A just have more criminals? Are our cops just better at catching the ones we've got? Do we hand out longer sentences? What's going on here?