Skip to comments.Why Is the U.S. Prison Population So Large?
Posted on 01/13/2013 10:41:06 AM PST by redreno
The United States houses more human beings in prisons than any other country, both in terms of actual numbers and in relation to population size. The U.S. prison population began to grow dramatically in the 1970s. Professor Daniel DAmico examines the data behind the alarming increase in the number of prisoners in the United States and finds that much of the growth in the last 40 years has been driven by the war on drugs.
From 1980 to 1990, the total U.S. prison population more than doubled. In that same time, the proportion of people in prison for nonviolent drug crimes rose from 7.5 percent to 24 percent. Prof. DAmico says this statistic actually understates the influence of the drug war on the prison population because drug prohibition also increases violent crime by leading to the formation of gangs and cartels. By 2000, the prison population had nearly doubled again, but the proportion of prisoners due to drug-related offenses remained similar.
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democratic rule in big cities....they don’t deal with criminals. Now if a bit of actual real justice got dished out as deterrents, you might somewhere but the criminals know the system is gamed and they can get away with most things, the criminals get locked up and they know prison is a cakewalk these days as well as them having more rights than victims.
George Soros thanks you for helping with his drug legalization efforts.
Too much carbs, too little exercise.
Take away death penalty.
Lock people away for a long time for seemingly petty offenses.
Lock illegals up rather than deport them and have a decent border defense system so as to keep them out.
When people get sent to prison, give them all the libraries, free schooling, weight lifting, flat screen TVs, drugs etc etc to keep them ‘calm’.
The great (not quite ‘late’) Mayor For Life of Washington DC once made the observation ‘ When asked why ‘they’ wouldn’t shut down the DC Jail/Prison in Lorton VA (some 50 miles away) ‘hizonnor’ said (to the effect)
“If we didn’t send them to Lorton some of these boys would NEVER get out of southeast DC”
Other GREAT Marionisms
“Why wouldn’t they want to go to jail? They have everything there they don’t have at home”.
“DC is a great city - take away the murders”.
“THE BITCH set me up”.
Which, BTW, was probably the first run in he had that HE didn’t intentionally break any laws....YES, she did set him up...he may (probably would) have partaken when he was finished but he was obviously only after a booty call and she wouldn’t let him till he took her ‘30 pieces of silver’.
I still think it would have been ‘great’ when that female FBI agent delivered the ‘goodies’ to the room, IF he would have grabbed her and called security on her.....
Of course I enjoy pulling ONE wing off a fly so he runs himself to death in a circle.
because welfare pays sociopaths to have more children
“When people get sent to prison, give them all the libraries, free schooling, weight lifting, flat screen TVs, drugs etc etc to keep them calm.”
LET’S not forget the free sex.
From the link at George Soros’s Open Society Foundations:
“Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding, and an increase in HIV epidemics. The Open Society Foundations support organizations that put forward alternatives.”
Another link there, specifically regarind U.S. drug policy:
From the link:
“The Open Society Foundations support drug policy reform efforts in the United States that address the health, safety, and social harms associated with drug use and drug markets, while reducing the high levels of incarceration, racial injustice, and violation of individual rights associated with current drug policy.”
Perhaps you did not know that you are, in effect, a useful tool of Open Society Institute when you post things arguing for drug legalization.
Considering FR is not a website that supports Open Society and globalist elites, nor is it supported by OSI, I fail to see the wisdom in promoting OSI strategies here that are designed to destroy American morals, society and prosperity.
Because a certain segment of the population commits crimes way out of proportion to their numbers.
Carrie Nation, the Capone and Kennedy cartels thank you too.
Because prison isn’t prison any more, just an extension of gangland that continues to operate on the indside. Nowadays, guards wear body armor and prisoners can get college educations. Our prison system was undone by polluting the minds of thought leaders in America with the idea of taking prisoner “rights” to the extreme. Most thought leaders in America are now indoctrinated leftist or globalist (or both) robots (whether they know it or not).
No they don’t - I love wine, beer, cognac especially.
Two things - the myth of the “non-violent drug user languishing away in prison” is just that - a myth. I don’t believe for one second that there are any significant number of people doing time because they decided to fire up a joint or a bong. What I do think is that people who are criminally inclined also enjoy their recreational drugs. Those that say if we only legalized X - we’d have half as many people in prison - are probably themselves smoking X. It just ain’t so, in my opinion.
Secondly, it’s objectively true that crime statistics (which you can believe or take with a grain of salt) show that violent crime as gone down over the course of the decades. Some of that is probably due to demographics - as a rule younger people commit more crimes than older ones. But also some of this is due to incarceration of violent offenders.
To me it seems like you can have empty prisons and dangerous streets or you can have full prisons and comparatively safer streets. While nothing is all or none, all black or all white, as a general rule the more offenders you incarcerate, the fewer crimes you will have. It just makes sense. Where you draw the line is of course open to question, but relatively speaking there will be a correlation.
Anwser: We gave up hangings!
Answer: We gave up hangings!
Prisons in general have become like a form of institutionalization of the welfare system, with built-in
entitlements never to be reduced (except for Joe Arpaio)
or threatened with extinction. It’s evolved disgracefully into a hothouse for continued criminality and a perfect meet and greet arena for future criminality. It is also a lucrative taxpayer funded enterprise and industry for those involved in new prisons and the big bucks involved in the maintainence of existing prisons. It is also another area, like everything else is this unruly land of ours, where we will NEVER get anything like an honest discussion of what is wrong, what went wrong, and how disgraceful has been our avoidance of coming to terms with the real social, moral and economic costs of maintaining so many people in these ‘warehouses’ , where the REAL and TRUE objectives should be both the redemption of souls and the moral and practical rebuilding of shattered and socially dangerous identities.
The question “why is it so large?” is the wrong focus, and that’s a question that has led to the practical solution of
automatic release of still-unreconstructed people into a society where the easiest thing for them to do for
“re-entry” is to return to a life of crime.
Number two is Russia
Number three is Uganda, of all places.
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