One in every 100 Americans is in prison or jail, the highest incarceration rate in the world (including North Korea), and the bulk of these Americans are imprisoned for drug-related crimes. The costs associated with the police, courts and prison system are high, but these are only part of the costs. The dehumanizing environment within prisons, combined with the concentration of criminals, serves as a training ground for future criminals. Those leaving prison lack the education and work experience that might make them eligible for employment. Instead, they have the scarlet letter of being an "ex-con," that effectively makes them ineligible for work. They inevitably become the parasites of the social safety net.