Karen Franklin, a forensic psychologist, also dabbles in the art of blogging. One of her recent posts examines the trend of increasing incarceration in the United States.
Franklin notes that one California prison now has a lactation station. This could be a sign of the prison pendulum reaching its extreme; the moral zeitgeist may have finally shifted to the point where we have begun to realize what it means to live in a country that incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. A less optimistic possibility is that such measures are simply an adjustment to living in an ever more prison-centric culture.
As Franklin points out, California alone spends nearly half a billion dollars a year on overtime pay for correctional staff. Given that one in every 136 Americans is under some form of correctional supervision, it seems the lucrative prison industry is here to stay.