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Think Outside The Bars


Society & Culture  (tags: Think Outside the Bars, penal system, Uniting Poor People, The New Jim Crow, War on Drugs )

Dandelion
- 364 days ago - yesmagazine.org
The American problem with mass incarceration is less about crime than it is about who--we lock up. In the past 30 years, the number of people in the penal system increased much more rapidly than the general population. The USA imprisons more than anywhere.



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Deb E. (64)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:49 pm
Thanks Sheryl
 

Millie O'Connor (174)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:48 pm
Signed & shared. It's a sad state of affairs with the ever increasing amount of people in the United State's prison system. This country really is broken. I hope it starts recovering. Thanks, Sheryl.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:41 am
This needs to become more than just an idealistic vision of our future, we need to birth this positive life affirming energy into reality....... I am refering to the comment "...a society in which people of all races are treated w/ dignity and have the right to food, shelter, health care, education and security". YES!!!!!
We all just need to know that we matter.
All of us or none...!!!

I remember reading about the "new" business enterprise of private rather than Fed prisons in a front page article of the Wall Street Journal back in the late 1980's maybe... I remember thinking this was not a good idea. I already felt the prison system was archaic and this new twist has never set right with me..... Even more room for abuses.
I'm really glad you posted this Dandelion...
 

TomCat S. (286)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:22 am
Drug abuse needs to be treated as a public health problem, not a criminal justice problem. The racist intent of the War on Drugs shows in the differences in sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine. The other driving force that causes our absurd incarceration rate is mandatory minimum sentences.
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:59 am
Thanks
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:48 am
Half the battle is legalizing pot.
 

Patrick Donovan (316)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:30 am
Excellent article which sparked several thoughts in me. First, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. is the most underrated of all the American heroes. As noted in the article, he advocated the recognition that all poor people are in the same boat.

It was the GOP's greatest victory when it elected the mouthpiece Reagan and started, and still keeps fueling, a fight to put whites and blacks on opposite sides of many issues important to both.

Second there should be class warfare going on now with the poor joining together to fight back against the oligarchical GOP puppet-masters.

The fight to end racism is extremely important. However, at the same time, there needs to be the recognition that the racism.is a means as well as an end. It a tool in the GOP's arsenal to keep all people down by having them fight each other and not the GOP's policies..
 

tasunka m. (333)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:44 am
Jails are for profit.
No victimless crime should be a jailable offense.
Especially, weed which is now considered an exit drug for adicts and alcoholism.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:00 am
Excellent comment Patrick, it is a well written article and I'm glad you took the time to read it.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:07 am
And whenever correctional costs increase in a state's budget, higher education funding gets reduced--the taxpayer swindle for institutional racism.
 

Caitlin Mac (102)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:33 am
I agree with many of these comments, especially Tom, Patrick and Devon. The trend toward privatization of any government function, including our war machine and education, has sold Americans down the river. Woe to those who end up in the prison system because it's only profitable if the poor suckers stay there. Mandatory sentencing is one way of assuring full capacity private prisons. This plan has been in the works for decades. It's too bad we didn't catch on a little earlier, but it' time to fight this greed bastard ction with ll we've got now. Thanks, Dandelion for spreading the word.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:44 am

I think we are dancing in circles unless or until we deal with the issue of why we need high prison populations. I think we can urge, threaten and cajole all of those elected to office to end the massively failed policy of private prisons. Prisons for profits, and a truly nefarious scheme to make money directly from the taxpayers and delivering little in return. To keep those prisons making a profile they need more and more prisoners. Prisoners are fed less, crowded in more, have reduced health care and educational opportunities, but costs more to operate.

The article did cover the huge race inequity very well, and I think we must have many open conversations about race, what is racism and how we begin a new course.

Thank you, Dandelion.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:47 am

There is an irony in wanting treatment for those with drug issues and yet sending them to one place that treatment is least likely to occur or be effective.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:08 am
In the 1990's as the demographics of prison population data were getting more study and research, some of the conclusions indicated an intent to incarcerate minority males during the years historically with the most paternity was intended to prevent a new generation from being born as a form of genocide. I am ashamed of this aspect of my country.
 

Gene Jacobson (246)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:11 am
"We must go back and pick up where Martin Luther King Jr. left off and do the hard work of movement building on behalf of poor people of all colors. Are you willing to help build a movement to end racial caste in America, a human rights movement on behalf of all of us? All of us or none?”

And there is the one and only solution to the economic disparity in the United States. The republican party is found guilty of crimes against humanity, primarily people of color, and has expanded those crimes in the last 15 years to include outright attack on everyone who is not in the 1%. They are despicable people with a despicable agenda that they have been allowed to implement with impunity. They are still at it. THIS is the rallying cry for 2014 and beyond. It really is all of US against the wealthy. If they want to yell class warfare, fine, they've been at that along with their war on drugs, minorities and women for 45 years. It IS time we unite in an effort to improve the lot of all Americans regardless race, creed or color. And if that means burning a few banks and other institutions of repression to the ground, so be it.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:59 am

The republicans are going through what democrats went through in the 70's and 80's. We too had to figure out what we were doing wrong, who we actually wanted to represent and how to do that. If the republicans allow for that come to Jesus moment, they just might pull themselves together. Might being the operative word.
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:53 pm
This is for one person, but the point is on topic:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/874/170/105/free-greg-2014-lets-show-nj-drug-and-alcohol-reform-works-better-than-prison/
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:22 pm
Thanks
 

Alice C. (1797)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:38 pm
Thank you for this post ~ shared
 

Paul Burton (19)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:55 pm
Thanks, great article.
 

Mari 's (1365)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:33 pm
Legalize Marijuana
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:38 pm
That will help but this article goes much deeper than that. We need to know the root of the issue. This article is a good coverage of that.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:49 pm
Michele Alexander is SO on target!
Thank you Dandelion, for posting this.
Pres. Reagan started his first presidential campaign in the same town in which a 1960's racial tragedy occurred,I do not recall if it was the church bombing that killed the little girls, or the one in which the 3 civil rights workers were killed, but Reagan chose it in order to put out a message to the bigots.
Reagan had a goal of redistributing the country's wealth upward, which G.W.Bush grabbed hold of gleefully, AND it is still going on: ask SCOTUS who benefits from "Citizens United."
Pres. Nixon, aka: "Tricky Dick," according to Pres. Eisenhower, was a severely bigoted and paranoid person, who helped set the stage for Reagan's "putch" against the middle class. We owe the HMO system to him, as he wanted to help a buddy of his set one up.
So, we have the combination of keeping the middle and lower economic classes down, combined with what was/is really a war o African-Americans.
This segues into the building of jails, and running of them by private enterprise, to the tune of many millions of more dollars in profit, for the Plutocrats.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:53 pm
I believe Nixon's buddy was Joe Permanente, of Kaiser-Permanente. He can be heard on one of his not destroyed tapes, talking to either Haldeman or Ehrlichman about it. Bunch of scum!
 

SJ J. (116)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:11 pm
Noted, thanks Dandelion.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:12 pm
To know and understand our "real" enemies we then gain OUR power. I agree Mitchell, bunch of scum, and I do appreciate you taking time to read this. Education is our keys.
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:32 pm
Read and noted. Remembering/relearning things forgotten over the years and learning new things I didn't have time to deal with when younger.
Of course, legalizing martjuana will help in some small way - if nothing else it'll piss the GOP/TP off.
This article was interesting in that I don't remember anything about combining all poor, not just minorities, or possibly it was downplayed where I was. Just that point brings everything I do remember into a proper order for me. Thank you and this is something I want to keep up on.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:59 pm
Thanks GGma Sheila for your comment. Martin Luther King Jr. had expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War, which alienated many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam".

Dr. King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., called the Poor People's Campaign. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Therefore, he never really got to push his full vision of how he saw this overall situation. I do believe that the Plutocrats understood he was on to them and therefore he had to be taken out before this movement grew and stronger.

Kennedy was going after the Federal Reserve and King was tackling the poverty and war machine, this was a multipronged attack onto what is crippling us today. They saw things clearly, too clearly for those who wield the money for their favor. And once those people and the movements started to fall apart from the leaders of both big and smaller, the push to gain what we now see playing and played out was in motion. This is not an accident what has happened with the wealth going into the hands of a few.

Is why the 99% needs to stand strong together and be on the same page, this is going to be hard, but we are not going to survive if we don't join forces.
 

Julie E. (330)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:23 pm
Thank you for the post Dandelion! I read the article and comments.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:56 pm
Thanks for posting, Dandelion. So many excellent comments above, and so little time. I'm hoping we will all stand together on November 5th in protest of injustice among other issues. My concern, besides jailing people for minor drugs offenses, is the private prison industry. That is something that needs to go completely away. The privatization of America has led to this Fascist Empire. We all pay taxes for government to fund things like prisons, infrastructure, education....not dole money out to private corporations to do these things on such a massive scale.
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:57 pm
The U.S.A. imprisons more of our citizens, than anywhere else in the world, because it is so closely related to our politics.

How do we control drugs, if we don't legalize them?
There certainly is no control over them, as we speak.
It's time to 'grow up', as a nation, instead of playing pretend, or 'what if'.
Ask any high school and/or grade school kid ( in some areas ), where to get drugs and they can tell you or tell who knows.

Prostitution also, needs to be legalized. It is the only sensible, realistic action to take.
You can't stop it, so why don't control it?
 

Susan Allen (221)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:54 pm
Great article. Thanks for posting it. Noted and shared.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:04 pm
Thanks Dandelion. :-(
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:48 am
So many on-point comments! As to the article -- EXACTLY!!!!! And as so many have pointed out, it all comes down to divide and conquer, racism (a new form of slavery--incarcerate African Americans disproportionately to the point of gross injustice--destructuring of an entire race) and profit. Always follow the money. Private-for-profit-prisons are an abomination and should shame us all as a nation....we are just so 'exceptional', aren't we. Makes me sick.

Getting back to my train of thought on destructuring a race....the OWMMFB's (Old White Monied Male Fascist Bast***s) cannot, in this day and age, outright kill off or otherwise decimate an entire race or culture like they did with the Native Americans. Oh, they have tried, believe me, or believe your own research into history (or medical research)..

So...what better way to keep an entire culture/race from ever achieving their full potential as citizens, as fathers/mothers/as professionals, as students, historians, doctors, lawyers, etc etc etc, in short (yeah, I know, I am long-winded) the full potential of their own humanity?....If they cannot massacre them or give them infected blankets, incarcerate them, tear their families apart, keep them forever in the poverty loop or the criminality loop and keep them controlled and forever under the bootheel. And as an added offshoot make them hate. Make them hate all others who are in the same or similar circumstances, the same common background but of different race or ethnicity. Make them hate their own brothers and sisters, their own children, their own neighbors who have beaten the odds and escaped the poverty/criminal quagmire to become educated or got a break somehow to move up in a company or to teach or create or explore the world of possibilities beyond what they themselves are relegated to. Make them hate those that, of any or all backgrounds/races/gender, have it better in life through their own efforts, despite the obstacles and barriers. Make them hate themselves most of all.

Having worked in the Criminal Justice system, I have seen this strategy in full force and action. And all because the individual got busted for a roach or a nickel bag or a rock. They come in scared, confused and incredulous. They go out hardened criminals who, 7 out of 10, will re-enter the penal system time and time again for other crimes either related to or, more often than not, unrelated to the original conviction of having an illegal substance upon his or her person.

THEY (drug offences) DO NOT BELONG IN A PRISON!!!! They belong in a rehab. But hey, the more head-count, the more money is allotted (in the case of state or federal prisons) or received from taxpayers in the form of grants/contracts with said state or federal CJ systems (for-profit private prisons). It is disgusting, immoral and depraved.

I agree with you, Charlene, Some 'illegal' drugs should be legalized, regulated and taxed (like everything else) and yes, prostitution should be legalized in all fifty states and again regulated and taxed (just like any other 'service-based' profession currently allowed as 'legal'. But, you know, that would totally screw the arms dealers, the military/defense/service contractors who make such obscene profits off the so-called 'war-on-drugs', not to mention the CIA-DEA-HLS-NSA-ATF-Border Patrol-National Guard would have to find something else to occupy their time screwing up...not to mention all the under-table kickbacks that our oh-so-moral-and-upstanding, duly elected senators and congress critters would have to give up. Think, that's gonna happen???? I don't, or at least not for a very, very ,very, very long time....more like when Hell freezes over kinda time.

Ok, I'm done now. Sorry so long and tedious, but this is something I am very aware of and has really bothered me for a very long time. I wish there was another MLK Jr. to rally everyone of every color and every background to come together and finally see that so much is so wrong in our nation and has to be fixed PERMANANTLY for all time and for ALL the people. Everyone needs to see that we all have more in common than we will ever have that divides us. Remaining divided we will never reach 'a more perfect union' as a nation, as a culture or as a people.....and the Fascist Bast***s know it, therefore, they win.

Ok, NOW I will shut the hell up. :)
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:26 am
ty
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:25 am
Excellent Terrie, we need long winded comments that speak of TRUTH!

I suggest everyone take the time to read Terrie's words. Don't ever shut up we need these words to come onto the threads for others to read and in hopes, if they don't understand begin to get the picture from this Truth.

Indeed, the poor of all colors have more in common with each other than not, and we have more in common with the poor in other Countries that our poorer sons and daughters are sent off to kill. That the shrinking middle class is crumbling into the bottom, many having spent years clawing their way out of poverty or the lower rungs only to be pushed down again. People who played by the rules and then have the rug pulled out from under them. The Plutocrats laughing; all the while counting their gold and destroying millions upon millions of people and their families without a thought.

You are correct about the American Indian who lived here, it became unfashionable to kill them outright. The nice church going people couldn't have the blood of that spilling out all over in eye sight. So the reservation system was started, or shall I say Prison of War Camps, for that is what they are, these Reservations all do have numbers. There guns taken, their ability to hunt food gone, not allowing them to leave the areas assigned and then dependent upon the mercy of others to feed them, the rotten meat that took too long to get there the best parts sold off along the way to fatten the other thieves pockets.

Can't put the blacks on reservations or plantations anymore, well nice system with the prison system will keep them out of the way. Now with jobs overseas they don't even need the poor whites to make shoes, clothes, or machine parts. Just throw them in jail too for minor offenses or hire some to guard those behind bars, sort of like the white overseer of bygone days so the white masters didn't have to get their hands dirty out in the hot sun making sure everyone was doing what they were suppose to do.
 

Carmen S. (606)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:40 am
thanks Dandelion, something really needs to be done about this
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:25 pm
Finally able to open and note! Thank you Dandelion for a Brilliant article and much needed ATTENTION~ NOW. I was talking to Dandelion this morning and shared that someone in my lily white community an OLD WHITE RACIST had defiled my bumper sticker by putting chewed gum over it. It said FIGHT RACISM. People have been under the impression that we have come so far and I strongly disagree. Since the BLACK MAN was elected Chief of Staff the people in their invisible white hoods and sheets have made it OBVIOUS we have made little progress re: racism. Nixon may have begun the War on Drugs, but RR knew he had a jewel in the raw (as Patrick hit on and Caitlin shared re: privatization). What sickens me is how many years/decades that people had the blinders on as to what was and is going on!

Of course I have to copy a few comments from the article that has me in a state of disgust.
"The USA imprisons more than anywhere".

"Mass incarceration has been driven primarily by politics—racial politics—not crime."

"....a backlash against the Civil Rights Movement...."

Our prison population quintupled in a few short decades for reasons that have stunningly little to do with crime or crime rates.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has given the police license to sweep poor communities of color, stopping, interrogating, searching anyone or everyone—without any evidence of criminal activity—so long as they get “consent.”...a police officer, with his hand on his gun, approaches a 16-year-old on the street..." LEGAL CONCENT. And once the police get consent, the Fourth Amendment ban against unreasonable searches and seizures no longer applies. According to the Supreme Court, these “consensual” encounters are of no constitutional significance, even though they may wind up sending a 19-year-old kid to prison for the rest of his life: Life sentences for first-time drug offenses were upheld by the Supreme Court inHarmelin v. Michigan. The race of the defendant in that case was key to the sentence in the first place. It is nearly impossible to imagine a judge sentencing a white college kid to life in prison for getting caught with a bag of weed or cocaine. That’s how this system works: Poor people of color are swept into the criminal justice system by the millions for drug crimes that go largely ignored when committed by middle- or upper-class whites. And release from prison or jail marks just the beginning of punishment, not the end.

Once branded a criminal, people enter a parallel social universe in which they are stripped of the rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The old forms of discrimination—employment and housing discrimination, denial of basic public benefits and the right to vote, and exclusion from jury service—are perfectly legal again. In some major American cities, more than half of working-age African American men are saddled with criminal records and thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives. These men are part of a growing undercaste—not class, caste—a group of people, defined largely by race, who are relegated to a permanent, second-class status by law".

There are many EXCELLENT posts and I appreciate each one.
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:29 pm
Finally able to open and note! Thank you Dandelion for a Brilliant article and much needed ATTENTION~ NOW. I was talking to Dandelion this morning and shared that someone in my lily white community an OLD WHITE RACIST had defiled my bumper sticker by putting chewed gum over it. It said FIGHT RACISM. People have been under the impression that we have come so far and I strongly disagree. Since the BLACK MAN was elected Chief of Staff the people in their invisible white hoods and sheets have made it OBVIOUS we have made little progress re: racism. Nixon may have begun the War on Drugs, but RR knew he had a jewel in the raw (as Patrick hit on and Caitlin shared re: privatization). What sickens me is how many years/decades that people had the blinders on as to what was and is going on!

Of course I have to copy a few comments from the article that has me in a state of disgust.
"The USA imprisons more than anywhere".

"Mass incarceration has been driven primarily by politics—racial politics—not crime."

"....a backlash against the Civil Rights Movement...."

Our prison population quintupled in a few short decades for reasons that have stunningly little to do with crime or crime rates.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has given the police license to sweep poor communities of color, stopping, interrogating, searching anyone or everyone—without any evidence of criminal activity—so long as they get “consent.”...a police officer, with his hand on his gun, approaches a 16-year-old on the street..." LEGAL CONCENT. And once the police get consent, the Fourth Amendment ban against unreasonable searches and seizures no longer applies. According to the Supreme Court, these “consensual” encounters are of no constitutional significance, even though they may wind up sending a 19-year-old kid to prison for the rest of his life: Life sentences for first-time drug offenses were upheld by the Supreme Court inHarmelin v. Michigan. The race of the defendant in that case was key to the sentence in the first place. It is nearly impossible to imagine a judge sentencing a white college kid to life in prison for getting caught with a bag of weed or cocaine. That’s how this system works: Poor people of color are swept into the criminal justice system by the millions for drug crimes that go largely ignored when committed by middle- or upper-class whites. And release from prison or jail marks just the beginning of punishment, not the end.

Once branded a criminal, people enter a parallel social universe in which they are stripped of the rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The old forms of discrimination—employment and housing discrimination, denial of basic public benefits and the right to vote, and exclusion from jury service—are perfectly legal again. In some major American cities, more than half of working-age African American men are saddled with criminal records and thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives. These men are part of a growing undercaste—not class, caste—a group of people, defined largely by race, who are relegated to a permanent, second-class status by law".

There are many EXCELLENT posts and I appreciate each one.
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:31 pm
SORRY GUY AND GALS BUT SERVER IS A MESS IN OUR AREA.
I came back as I forgot to mention Terry. RIGHT ON! I Love your RANTS and wish I was as eloquent and educated as you.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:37 pm
Thank you Susanne for bringing up the highlights of the article. This is a terrible society for many people to live in and too many haven't got a clue, that the so called American Dream for them is the American Nightmare for a lot of others.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:16 pm
All the poor people who are involved should stay together, and not attack each other only because they might be black, white or purple. Together, they might have more success in fighting against all the injustices which happen to all the people on our planet, America included.
 

Edith B. (142)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:50 pm
Thanks, Sheryl for this enlightening article. Everyone should be aware of the damage the War on Drugs has caused to our country. Privatization of prisons just encouraged more jail time, profit means all. Terrie as usual made excellent points. I am getting educated every time I read your posts and hers.
 

Sherri G. (111)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:33 am
Many many excellent comments here to this excellent posting Dandelion. I sent out many stars. It is time for this country to realize there are only two classes in this country. The very very rich 1% including corporations and the rest of us. We must stop the divide and conquer of the races to stop the exploitation of citizens in this country. Whether we talk about Animal Slaughter, Keystone XL, Fracking, Drugs, Prisoners, the Post Office, Social Security and Medicare, Sea World abuse of animals, just track the money. If there is a corporation behind it then first they call to privatize then they deregulate then they lobby congress. That is our Congress BTW. Really? Really? Really? America and Care2 we have a lot of work to do.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:27 am
Excellent summary Sherri and thank you Edith for having read article and your kind words.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:04 pm
noted, thanks
 

Aud nordby (704)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:29 pm
N&S
 

. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:06 pm
Noted. So many wonderful comments. There is nothing left to add. TY Sheryl
 

Lyn Z. (295)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:34 pm
Thanks. ALL GREAT POSTS.
 

Patricia GG (107)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 12:41 pm
Wow very enlightning article.
If drugs (a chemical substance) had absolutely no sensation on the health
If drugs had absolutely no monetary value
Would this problem exist?
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 11:01 pm
very enlightening post and comments. legalize marijuana and prostitution, We all have to stand together against the wealthy profiteering. End the racist caste and the war on the poor
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 3:56 am
Noted.
 

Sue H. (1)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 9:56 am
Noted. Hoping and praying that things improve quickly. Legalize marijuana and tax it like cigarettes and alcohol and there will be enough money flowing through all governments coffers to address healthcare, social security programs and other more necessary problems that need to be dealt with. The healthcare system would have a wonderful legal medication available to all. The prisons will be almost empty because prisoners on drug related jail times will be freed and the world would be a much happier place.
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (153)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:49 pm
Noted & Shared. Great Article! Thanks Dandelion!
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:57 am
I read an article only recently that pointed out how drug producers don't want their products legalised - it makes so much more money for them if things stay as they are. And as for the 'third strike and you're out rule' - as others have pointed out, most people who commit crime aren't known for thinking through the consequences of their actions, so the prison population was bound to grow. The fact that there are many private prisons (in which abuses of the system abound) making so much money out of prison populations growing so much in the last few decades, agrees totally with this excellent article. So many brilliant comments - but I had given most of them stars already this morning so sadly they will have to forego some more today!
 
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