While crime rates have fallen 45 percent since 1990, the memo said that the incarceration rate is now at a “historically unprecedented level,” jumping 222 percent between 1980 and 2012. An African-American man who never graduated from high school has a 70 percent likelihood of being imprisoned by his mid-30s; for similarly educated white men, the rate is about 15 percent. And the United States imprisons at a rate six times greater than most peer nations, including those of the European Union, Japan, Israel, and Mexico.
Henry Melton, the best interior defensive lineman the Bears have had since Tommie Harris blew out his knee, has expressed his desire to stay in Chicago to play for the Bears now and in the future.
Henry Melton at the 2012 Pro Bowl with teammate Julius Peppers. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
“Yeah, I’d love to be here long-term. I like the new coaching staff. It looks like we’re going to be getting back to where we need to be, which is on top, so I’d like to be here long-term. We’ll just see how it goes.”
Melton is also a class act:
“I’m not going to yell about it or anything like that. I’m just going to come to work, and whatever happens is going to happen.”
Melton had 44 tackles and six sacks last season while only playing in 14 games. He is the interior rusher the Bears defense has lacked for years and already one of the best in the NFL.
Also of note is that Devin Hester took no snaps with the offense.
“He’ll be spending time totally focused in on being the best returner in the NFL,” said Bears head coach Marc Trestman.