The issue that I researched from Holding On is the amount of people that are currently in prison in the United States. What I found is that there are over two million people currently locked up in the U.S. This statistic shows that the United States has the highest amount of people in prison than any other country in the world. This is a rather alarming statistic that made me wonder how much money our country has to pay in order to sustain these prisoners? This is a serious issue considering our countries ever increasing debt. What I found is that states spent 51.7 billion dollars on their correctional systems in 2008. This is an extremely high number that needs to be cut somehow. Though I believe there is an obvious need for prisons, perhaps making prison a little less appealing to prisoners by making cuts in the budget would help improve these statistics.