U.S. At War: Empty Cells

While U.S. juvenile delinquency booms (an estimated increase of over 20% in the past two years), adult crime has slumped. Wartime is emptying many a U.S. prison cell because: 1) many a potential or actual criminal is now under military discipline, 2) young men not in the Army are too busy or too well paid in war jobs to be tempted by "easy money" crimes.

> California's huge (404 acres) San Quentin had a prewar peak of 5,600 prisoners; now it has 3,500.

> At California's Folsom, population is down to 1,400 from a prewar...

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