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Published: Friday, February 7, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Prisons


'Overcrowding' needs analysis

Something to think about relative to the lack of prison space in Snohomish County and the U.S. generally: On a per capita basis, the USA has around seven times the prison population of countries like Canada, Germany, England, Australia and France. Seven times!! This is a staggering difference that begs some questions:
Is there a disproportionate number of bad people in America ... I don’t think so.
Are American streets generally safer ... probably not.
Are some people in prison truly not a threat to society ... probably quite a few.
Meanwhile, there was a notification in The Herald this week advising of another Level 3 sex offender moving into one of our neighborhoods.
Chris Mann
Marysville
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