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?