Jim Treacher has some fun with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who channeled his inner Fox Butterfield:
“What I find most frustrating is that what we have seen is incarceration go up at the same that crime is going down. And yet the fear level is still stoked, even though what we have is, objectively, less [sic] murders every year, we have less crime, we are living in a safer society, and we are putting more people in prison.”
Oh, keep up! Those talking points are so 2009. From the July 25 NY Times, totally safe even for MSNBC libs:
U.S. Prison Populations Decline, Reflecting New Approach to Crime
By ERICA GOODE
The prison population in the United States dropped in 2012 for the third consecutive year, according to federal statistics released on Thursday, in what criminal justice experts said was the biggest decline in the nation’s recent history, signaling a shift away from an almost four-decade policy of mass imprisonment.
The number of inmates in state and federal prisons decreased by 1.7 percent, to an estimated 1,571,013 in 2012 from 1,598,783 in 2011, according to figures released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an arm of the Justice Department. Although the percentage decline appeared small, the fact that it followed decreases in 2011 and 2010 offers persuasive evidence of what some experts say is a “sea change” in America’s approach to criminal punishment.
Three years! There will come a day when this prison decline does not come as news to our newsmen. But this is not that day!
Also safe for leftys is this common sense from Kevin Drum:
When Crime Drops, Eventually the Prison Population Does Too