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Prison and the National Question
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March 31, 2009, 05:04 AM
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Sen. Jim Webb writes in Parade:
In 1984, Japan had a population half the size of ours and was incarcerating 40,000 sentenced offenders, compared with 580,000 in the United States. As shocking as that disparity was, the difference between the countries now is even more astounding—and profoundly disturbing. Since then, Japan`s prison population has not quite doubled to 71,000, while ours has quadrupled to 2.3 million.[Why We Must Fix Our Prisons, March 29, 2009]
Japan of course, has a more sane immigration policy than the US.

This chart shows the time line more graphically: Webb goes on:

law-enforcement officials in many parts of the U.S. have been overwhelmed and unable to address a dangerous wave of organized, frequently violent gang activity, much of it run by leaders who are based in other countries
It is more than importation of criminals. Since 1967, the US has steadily become a less economically equal society-and economic equality stagnated even between 1958 and 1967. Economics problems accompanying mass immigration are driving Americans into escapism and criminality.
Mexican cartels are now reported to be running operations in some 230 American cities. Other gang activity—much of it directed from Latin America, Asia, and Europe—has permeated our country to the point that no area is immune. As one example, several thousand members of the Central American gang MS-13 now operate in northern Virginia, only a stone`s throw from our nation`s capital.
Post-1965 mass immigration was a huge mistake. How do we humanely address this tragedy?