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    1. could that correlate to the 1980 introduction of crack cocaine?

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      • Actually, it coincides with the start of the “War on Drugs”, and the majority of the increase in prisoners are all drug-related offenses. From other published stats, we know that most other crimes are actually falling, so the graph would probably be growing slower than the growth in population if it weren’t for the “War on Drugs”.

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    2. Ok. Good.
      Now put that alongside the growth in population.

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      • Here you go.
        This per capita graph is from the same source as the one above: november.org/graphs/

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      • From 1980 to 2006 the # of incarcerated Americans increased five fold.

        The United States had a population of 203,184,772 in 1980.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_United_States_Census

        The United States currently has a population of 298,444,215 (July 2006 est.)

        So, if the population grew by 50% since then…
        Number of Americans incarcerated ~500,00 for 1980 (for rough estimate)
        Number of Americans incarcerated ~2,400,00 for 2006 (for rough estimate).

        Number of Americans incarcerated ~500,00 for 1980 = 2.46%
        Number of Americans incarcerated ~500,00 for 1980 = 8.04%

        It’s still a tripling of the percentage of Americans incarcerated.

        Last I heard it crossed 10% recently, so it’s still a growing problem. (Especially since while most crimes are in decline in the United States, a vast majority of the growth are cases from the “War on Drugs.”)

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    3. Now, show us those numbers by race and age. I think it would be interesting.

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    4. So many people locked up just because they were hurting themselves with drugs, just to get votes for the politicians and make people “feel” safer. It’s madness!

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    5. Thank you Mr. Reagan! Talk about your welfare state… prison incarceration costs far more than drug treatment would, but locking people up is MANLY!!

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    6. Wow we incarcerated more people than China and India combined in 2006. I think that answers the per capita question.

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    7. America has twice the population of Rhode Island locked up in prisons. No doubt a strain on finances, but hey, those criminals have rights!

      The fifty million people without health care though, I guess fuck ’em.

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    8. Prisons, wasting money and lives in America in massive proportions.

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