The United States has More People in Jail than High School Teachers and Engineers

America has become a gigantic gulag over the past few decades and most of its citizens don’t know, or just don’t care. One of the primary causes of the over incarceration in the U.S. is the absurd, tragic failure that is the “war on drugs”, and indeed nearly half of the folks in prison are there for drug related offenses. Making matters worse is a rapidly growing private prison system, which adds a profit motive to the equation. Recently, I wrote an extensive rant against the private prison system and provided details on how it works in:  A Deep Look into the Shady World of the Private Prison Industry.

Now here are some of the sad facts. There are 1.57 million people in federal and state prison (does not even include county and local jail) according to the Department of Justice. That’s above the nation’s 1.53 million engineers and 1.05 million high school teachers.

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More from the Huffington Post:

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.

By contrast, there were about 1,530,000 engineers in America last year, 815,000 construction workers, and 1 million high school teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were also 750,000 car technicians.

Yep, you know it. USA! USA!

Full article here.

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  1. Wow disturbing statistics to say the least. Good find Mike! Maybe the BLS will add inmates as a job position, would help NFP numbers for juicing the books.

  2. “If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some1,570,000 inmates…”

    this is FANTASTIC news!
    1.5 million workers that the BLS hasn’t counted yet.
    we really are in a major recovery.
    that does it – i’m selling off my gold & silver and instead loading up on stocks again.
    USA! USA! USA!

  3. Sitting in prison IS a job, ever since we privatized the system and made it profitable to put people in prison. Obviously, this is terrible, but I haven’t heard any politicians take up this issue. Just one example of how the corporations are damaging society.

  4. In tandem with this essay, I had to dig for a number an from a 2012 Tech Journal article , it seems that there are also more people with engineering degrees, either not employed or are working in a field other than engineering, than the number of employeed engineers in the graph provided in this essay. Very poor economics and total waste.

  5. and needs to be or in your headline, or it misleads

  6. Brilliant topic with different way of writing I am very impressed
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