Crudely and uniformly

shaymaa taha

Member
Arabic
Hi everybody,
I came upon this in Criminology Tim Newburn:

Thus, for example, the correctional supervision
rate—the number of people in prison, on parole, or on probation
per 100,000 population—varies from just under 1,000 in the
State of Maine to over 7,600 in Georgia, or one in thirteen of the
adult population. As we will see, by international standards the
rates of incarceration and other penal supervision even in the
states with the lowest figures are extremely high. So, while we
must generally guard against treating the United States crudely
and uniformly, it is nevertheless the case that it stands out
,
comparatively, almost in whatever form it is considered.

I can't understand the sentence in bold.
Thanks in advance
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Maine and Georgia have very different rates, so we can't treat them uniformly (in the same way). But both rates are high compared to other countries. It would be crude (unsophisticated, inaccurate) if we treated all the states as if they had a single high rate. So we must guard against thinking of the United States as having this single high rate - but there is still something notable in this, because all the different rates are all high.
     

    shaymaa taha

    Member
    Arabic
    Maine and Georgia have very different rates, so we can't treat them uniformly (in the same way). But both rates are high compared to other countries. It would be crude (unsophisticated, inaccurate) if we treated all the states as if they had a single high rate. So we must guard against thinking of the United States as having this single high rate - but there is still something notable in this, because all the different rates are all high.
    Thanks so much, entangledbank. :thank you:
     
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