Here are some links where you can find some facts about inmates and their situation. America is the only place where you can get a life sentence for writing a bad check. Increased punishment does not decrease crime it just fills the prisons faster. Do not believe everything you see on TV or read in a paper. Please do some research of your own and try and keep an open mind. The internet is an easy place to get facts not stories.
The Other Side of the Wall Vera Institute of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons Library Catalog Inmate Placement Branch U.S. Department of Justice Home Page The Corrections Connection Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) Correctional HIV Consortium National Center on Institutions and Alternatives ACLU Freedom Network Website GloboCopWatch Washington State Courts Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Journal of Prisoners on Prisons Prison Legal News National Center on Institutions and Alternatives EDIN - Prisons Human Rights Watch Prison Project Stop Prisoner Rape Human Rights Gopher Prison Ethnography Project Connecticut Prison Association Voices from Prison E.G. Smith Books for Amnesty International Committee to End the Marion Lockdown Families Against Mandatory Minimums National Campaign to Stop Control Unit Prisons Ohio Activist Conference SPG Political Prisoners Page Engaged Zen Foundation The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association Crime Bill Voices from Prison Prison Legal News The Corrections Connection Blue Leprecon State Department of Correction Links Correctional Industry National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network