In the old days, only the rich had protection because they hired their own goons. Sir Robt Peel invented the police so that all citizens could have some protection. Now days in the USofA there is more money spent on private police and protection than the total cost of all local, county, state, and federal police departments. Over half of municipal taxes goes to police and fire propection. One out of every 100 people is in prison and the people still don't feel safe. Most all new housing construction is in guarded condos or gated communities and people still don't "feel" safe. Have we turned into a nation of chickens or is there something basically wrong with the system? Can we still afford to put people in prison for the purpose of "reform" or with the hope that they will become "penetent?