08/14/2012 08:30 am ET Updated Oct 14, 2012

The Apple Of The U.S. Prison System

The United States incarcerates more of its population than any other country. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people serving time in state and federal prisons more than doubled and is now nearly 2.3 million, according to a recent report (PDF) by the Pew Center on the States. Earlier this year, the New Yorker's arresting article, "The Caging of America," chronicled reasons for the accelerating incarceration rate.

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