The PIC (prison-industrial complex)
According to an article in the LA Times, women's prisons are experiencing increasing population growth. That can't be a good thing.
Also from the article, the following continuing disturbing trend of incarcerating black men:
• More than 44% of all sentenced male inmates were black, and many of them were young.
• Among the more than 1.4 million sentenced inmates at the end of 2003, an estimated 403,165 were black men 20 to 39.
• At the end of 2003, 9.3% of black men 25 to 29 were in prison, compared with 2.6% of Latino men and 1.1% of white men in the same age group.