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Published:December 9th, 2011 11:55 EST
Why So Many Prisons, California?

Why So Many Prisons, California?

By Tony Graff

With 2012 right around the corner, there are a lot of people bracing themselves for some sort of major catastrophe. Whether it`s aliens, gigantic earthquakes, tsunamis, 2012 has been getting a lot of attention. It looks like we get to add California`s governor Jerry Brown to the list of people taking extreme measures.

Without voting, approval, or attention, California passed a bill that put major educational improvements on hold and focused twelve billion dollars on building prisons back in 2009. And these prisons now under construction have the capacity to hold a lot more people.

So, what`s got California`s governor worried? Well, when Hurricane Katrina hit back in 2005, many people in that area used the natural disaster as justification for looting local businesses. It became a serious enough problem that police officers and National Guard soldiers weren`t enough, and violence escalated as people fought over clothes, medication, TVs, jewelry and electronics.

If a catastrophe to hit California, as per any of the predictions set to occur in 2012, California would have a lot to loot. It would be an even bigger disaster than when the state deficit reached 42 billion dollars.

All of these predictions have people worried, and rightfully so. I don`t believe the world will end next year, but I`ve found myself keeping a closer eye on the status of my emergency food supply. Apparantly, when you`re a governor, that means having prisons ready for when Martial law needs to be called in.