February 28, 2008, articles were in the news (both newspapers and on tv) about the rise in numbers of those imprisoned in the last 30 years. We have 1 of every 100 Americans in jail, today. It follows the rise of feminism. In nearly all jurisdictions the majority of men incarcerated are from single mother homes. The percentage of these father deprived men in jail has stayed steady at 95%.
Since nearly all those imprisoned in America are men, I thought I would extrapolate a little. We have 350 million citizens. One percent is 3 1/2 million behind bars.
Roughly half of all our citizens are male and lets say that of the resulting 175 million males, 2/3 are adults which leaves 58 million men and of those 3.5 million are in prison. That means we have 6% of all our men in prison at any one time.
It is not 1% of our men it is 6%. The news articles applied the number of men in prison against the total population in general to get at the 1 in 100. We jail very few women or children.
To be more truthful they should have said we imprison 6 out of every 100 men in America. That means that ONE in every 16.6 men in America today is in prison, TODAY.
That means next year one of any 17 of your personal friends or acqaintances will be in prison.
We have over 25% of all people in prison in the world, imprisoned in America. Those are nearly all men.
How many of these imprisoned men are fathers?
Further, the U.S. Justice Department does not count sentences of less than a year when counting those imprisoned. Most fathers (30% or more in anyone county jail) are in for 6 month terms. Most of these 6 month terms are for men who for whatever reason (illness, layoffs, Katrina, etc..) have fallen behind on child support.
Many of these men with 6 month sentences may have 2, 3, or even 10 – 6 month terms back to back. But, these consecutive sentences are only counted as 6 month sentences. These men are not included in this recent Justice Department release. (You can ask the local sheriff about my county jail figures) So if the 6 month sentencing were counted, we could be looking at as many as 1 in 12 American adult men are in prison TODAY!
And we are all silent. The pulpits are quiet. No wonder the men are leaving in droves.
There is extreme disparity in prosecuting and sentencing of men versus women. But that still does not explain the full horror of what we are doing to our men.
Our government is now spending 59 billion dollars a year to imprison, at the very least, 1 out of every 16.6 of our men. And we call ourselves civilized and a Christian nation.