Most of us realize we live in a country with the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation in the world. But until recently we did not know that Bernalillo County has 68 percent more people in jail than the national average.
That’s right, central New Mexico is an embarrassing pocket of unjustifiable mass incarceration. Another interesting statistic: we have 25 percent fewer people on probation or parole than the national average.
These statistics, and others like them, tell a very interesting story for anyone willing to listen, but for those who run Albuquerque’s jail it is an unpleasant thing to hear.
Perhaps this is why they fired the expert whose task it was to tell the tale, accusing him of being “abrasive.”