This research is based upon the most recent available data in 2016.
From the way the media is telling it, one would think that this abuse was something that happened somewhat recently, and the acts of abuse have been well established.
While the War on Drugs initially had a small impact on incarceration, it was President Reagan’s Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 that kickstarted the prison boom. From 1970 to 2005, the prison population rose 700 percent, while violent crime remained steady or declined. Between 19, the populations of private prisons shot up 1,600 percent. Today, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world – 754 inmates per 100k residents as of 2008. This is roughly 600% that of the rest of the civilized world, with England and Wales having 148, and Australia 126 inmates per 100k residents. As of 2010, private corporations house over 99,000 inmates in 260 facilities nationwide. Corrections Corp.
of America and other private contractors became members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a non-profit 501(c)(3) association that advocates “tough on crime” legislation. In their 2010 report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Corrections Corp.
He says he lives alone, suffers from leukemia, and has "lost everything" due to alcohol abuse. It is very likely – in fact, it is almost certain – that other shifty blokes will climb out of the gutter to "substantiate" the ridiculous accusations against Pell and accuse him of other salacious acts. We pray that justice will be served, but we doubt it.
In other words, this dude has nothing to lose at all. Back in 2002, Cardinal Pell faced an abuse accusation dating back to 1962. He had been convicted of drug dealing and involved in illegal gambling, tax evasion and organized crime in a labor union." He also had an impressive 39 court convictions under his belt at the time. The Media has been observing the climate against the Catholic Church in Australia for some time now, and we have never seen anything like it.