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Nov 30, 2006

68% say Iraq in Civil War; 1/32 Americans in prison system

Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Is in 'Civil War', Poll Finds (WSJ)

My majority they mean 68%. Only 14% said it was not a Civil War and 18% aren't sure.

I hope this will settle this debate.


7 Million in U.S. Jails, on Probation or Parole (AP)

A record 7 million people - or one in every 32 American adults - were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to the Justice Department. Of those, 2.2 million were in prison or jail, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday....

Racial disparities among prisoners persist. In the 25-29 age group, 8.1 percent of black men - about one in 13 - are incarcerated, compared with 2.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.1 percent of white men. And it's not much different among women. By the end of 2005, black women were more than twice as likely as Hispanics and over three times as likely as white women to be in prison.
I mean, wow. Do we really need to be putting all those people in jail? I think not.

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