Wednesday, April 1, 2009

American Exceptionalism

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va), who is introducing a bill to reform the U.S. criminal justice system:

"Let's start with a premise that I don't think a lot of Americans are aware of. We have five percent of the world's population; we have 25 percent of the world's known prison population. There are only two possibilities here: either we have the most evil people on earth living in the United States; or we are doing something dramatically wrong in terms of how we approach the issue of criminal justice."
Well, which is it?


maria said...

i wish he would take on gun ownership and the NRA. that's the real problem. or one of the biggest ones. violent crime.

blackink said...

You know, I dunno. I think we really need to figure out where we're going with our criminal justice system. Because, one way or another, something seems amiss.

And I admire him for taking an extremely unpopular stand. You don't hear many public officials talking about reforming the system in any way other than finding more ways to put people in jail.