The Village Is a Sack of Pus Waiting To Burst
He did commit a crime, but he has paid for the crime in many, many ways: In notoriety, in lawyers' fees, in professional stigma. He could not return to Los Angeles to receive his recent Oscar.
Based on my Safeway encounters, I came to think of Weinberger as a basic sort of guy, candid and no nonsense – which is the way much of official Washington saw him,” Cohen wrote. “Cap, my Safeway buddy, walks, and that’s all right with me.”
For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.
Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning that one in every 99.1 adults is behind bars.
Incarceration rates are even higher for some groups. One in 36 Hispanic adults is behind bars, based on Justice Department figures for 2006. One in 15 black adults is, too, as is one in nine black men between the ages of 20 and 34.
The report, from the Pew Center on the States, also found that only one in 355 white women between the ages of 35 and 39 are behind bars but that one in 100 black women are.
Ms. Applebaum again:
If he weren't famous, I bet no one would bother with him at all.
I'll take that bet and say that if Roman Polanski weren't famous, at least one person would bother him - his cell mate.*
NOTE - Bruce Dixon provides more context to the incarceration rates of African Americans here. He's right that it's an American tragedy that gets insufficient attention.
* Or would've bothered him 31 years ago because if Roman Polanski weren't a famous director, there's no way France harbors him for three decades.