Monday, December 11, 2006

2 Million Drug Offenders...

If you have a Yahoo! account I suggest reading a recent article about America's skyrocketing prison population. Nothing most of us didn't already know but it is a well rounded article and gives the War on Drugs much credit for the world's largest prison population.

Make a comment on the discussion board. There are some very misguided individuals on there that need our input!
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Drug offenders account for about 2 million of the 7 million in prison, on probation or parole, King said, adding that other countries often stress treatment instead of incarceration.

Julie Stewart, president of the group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, cited the Justice Department report and said drug offenders are clogging the U.S. justice system. "Why are so many people in prison? Blame mandatory sentencing laws and the record number of nonviolent drug offenders subject to them," she said.

The U.S. incarceration rate of 737 per 100,000 people in the highest, followed by 611 in Russia and 547 for St. Kitts and Nevis. In contrast, the incarceration rates in many Western industrial nations range around 100 per 100,000 people.
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Great to see some input from FAMM.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

I'm waiting for the drug czar to start attacking the History Channel for their series: illegal drugs and how they got that way. Any serious student of history would find out all sorts of embarrassing facts about the drug war and all the lies concocted to justify this scam. I amaze our school superintendent with my knowledge of illegal drugs and their history. If he only knew that 89% of these facts come from the History Channel he would not be so easily impressed. Of course, he is oh so politically correct and near retirement so he is more interested in protecting his retirement than doing the best for his school district.