*Statistics compiled by the Congressional Research Service paint a picture of an America which attempts to solve too many of its problems by simply throwing people in prison.

In addition, the disproportionate victims of this policy are African Americans, especially males.

Following of some of the figures recently released by the Service:

the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world – five times the international average; the U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners; Black males have a 32 percent chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives compared to 17 percent for Hispanics and 6 percent for white males; and Black females are four times more likely than white females to serve some time in prison.

It is against this background that Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb recently introduced the National Criminal Justice Act.

The legislation is designed to launch a “comprehensive study” of the entire criminal justice system and why it tends to disproportionately incarcerate African Americans. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net).