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Idaho, The Prison State, Must Reform

Idaho locks up more of its people than all but seven states. You have to travel to the Deep South or Arizona to find a higher incarceration rate. Having one of every 18 adults caught up in the corrections system - probation, incarceration or parole - puts Idaho ahead of every state except Georgia. There's no end in sight. During the past two years, Idaho's inmate population grew 7 percent. Only Kentucky's inmate population expanded faster. At the same time, 28 states cut their prison rolls. At this rate, the $204 million Idaho spends on its prison system could swell to more than $219 million next year. So Idaho has a problem. But it's not crime.Idaho's overall  crime rate comes in third from the bottom. Only North and South Dakota are lower/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do we lock up too many people in Idaho?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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