Sunday, December 02, 2012

Income Inequality

... can be seen in Pennsylvania's prison population charts.

Since 1980, the prison population has grown by a factor of 5

No matter how many prisons they build, they are always full
Prison populations give you a gross measure of the lowest levels of society. It's not just the number of people in prison, it's what it says about their neighborhoods, their jobs, their families and everything surrounding them.

The prison population has gone up irregardless of economic boom or bust. The cohort at the bottom of the ladder, where failure lives and breathes, has been growing. Implied in that is the group right above the prison populations, the part of society where people make bad decisions and screw up their lives, but don't manage to go to prison, has been growing apace. Something in society over the last 30 years has been breeding bad behavior.

The next time you read some economist droning on about income inequality think about these charts and what they might mean.

1 comment:

Secular Apostate said...

All one need do is read Dalrymple's Life at the Bottom, an account of the permanent underclass that has been created by the Progressive Left in the UK.

We are Progressing toward that dubious Elysian Field right here in the US. The next step, of course, is to appoint enough Progressive judges to let all those felons out of jail.