*Watergate-convict-turned-Christian-evangelical-leader Chuck Colson, proclaimed that prison rates are high because people don’t have moral convictions.

When Colson was serving time in prison in the mid-1970s, there were 239,000 incarcerated individuals. Now, that figure had increased ten-fold to a staggering 2.3 million people.

During an interview hosted by The King’s College Friday, Colson contended that prisons in the United States have become bigger over the years because there is a lack of moral training and education, not because there are more bad people in society.

“The moral breakdown in our society is the real reason we’re building prisons,” said Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries.

He disagreed that longer and tougher sentences would deter crime, citing a study done by psychiatrists in the 70s that found people committed crimes based on wrong moral choices not by their environment.

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