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What are some consequences of our imprisonment binge?  

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The consequences of mass incarceration in the United States are far-reaching. Over two million American citizens are in prison, thus contributing toward the highest prison population around the globe. In addition to the astonishing cost of keeping inmates behind bars—$60,000 a year per inmate—there are harmful effects for US citizens individually and the nation as a whole.
Imprisonment affects not only the individual, but families and society in general. Once prisoners are released, they are two times more likely to be unemployed because of their record. Even if they are able to secure a job, they receive less earnings per hour than other workers without a record.
Aside from job instability, children of ex-convicts also suffer—over seven million children in the country have a parent in prison or who was once incarcerated. While their parents were in prison, these children missed out on discipline, love, and guidance, which may contribute to their own path toward criminal behavior...

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