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a sad milestone: 1 in 99 americans incarcerated

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  1. $tinkle

    $tinkle Expert on blowing

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    U.S. Spent More Than $49 Billion On Corrections In 2007

    this is a 30% increase in 6 yrs (1 in 142 in 2002).
    wonder how many are imprisoned due exclusively to drug possession
     

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  2. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Decriminalize minor offences. Jail turns not so bad criminals into bad criminals.
     
  3. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    typical liberal.

    if you can't do the time, then don't do the crime.


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  4. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I say start a lottery. Execute every 5th prisoner, done.
     
  5. $tinkle

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    i'm all about personal accountability, but i'm going to be hard-pressed to see reason in putting non-violent offenders in with violent offenders. unless, of course, the corrections industry is planting seeds for sector growth.

    i think the 1 in 99 got this way from missing opportunities for beneficial behavior modification. if there's a system in place already, it sure isn't very effective. and smoking a ****load of pot for years didn't make me violent. wonder what i'd be like if i got locked up each time i got high.
     
  6. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    i would hardly call some of the Candian style country club prisons we have here for minor/nonviolent offenders "hard time"
     
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    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    what country or region is Candia?
     
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    It's the martini fueled dream world n8 lives in. Kind of like Candyland but with ghey pink shirts and popped collars.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    In Canadistan just south of the Chlamydia provence.
     
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    A cursory search turned up the DEA's take on the numbers of non-violent drug users in fed and state prison. Of course, the statistics are muddied by not including those convicted of "intent to distribute" and other variations. The stats are further muddied by insanely low tolerances and mandatory minimums in some states.

    If I had my way, "mandatory minimum" would take on a whole new meaning. :cheers:

    Link

     
  11. $tinkle

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    add to that category of prisoners the wealthy & well connected, like governors found guilty of corruption, or g. gordon liddy, who go on to write about their exploits for multi-million dollar deals.

    not exactly pot-heads void of strong family structure who are easily further corruptible to the point of 'graduating' to a lifestyle of violence
     
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    methinks the aussies are trying to compete w/ us: "Inside Canberra's humane prison"
     
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    One example of a life wasted for ten years in prison by an overzealous, over reaching Federal gov't: LINK

    They were sent up the river for selling lights and fertilizer, stuff you can buy at Home Depot or any number of farm or plant stores.
     
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    even worse, a dude was sent up for length just because he introduced two people.

    not so they would start dealing. just because he was a common friend.

    (it's chronicled in reefer madness)