incarcerated americans 1920-2006

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    1. Yes, the war on drugs has been a failure.

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      • Agreed. 100%.
        The powers that be need to legalize marijuana and cocaine and heroin and let people do what they are going to do anyway without the assistance of cocaine cut with rat poison and heroin cut with drain cleaner.
        The money from a modest tax on recreational drugs would pay for some serious educational improvements for everyone.

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    2. whats the percentage of US population then and now?

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    3. It’s a very lucrative business.

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    4. We have more laws to break. It makes governments money. We elect congressmen and presidents that like money and laws. That wont change because people will vote for “security” over freedom every time.

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    5. There are two major judicial movements that started this trend. The failed “War on Drugs” and heavy handed “Three Strikes” rules. Both of which
      incarcerate a lot of “non-violent” offenders. People that would benefit more from being put into a (drug/job) rehabilitation program than they do from being locked away.

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    6. As true as the above, we also saw a dramatic decrease in violent crime during this period. I was reading a scientific paper earlier today that essentially stated the cause and effect of 50% drop in violent crime starting in this period was: 25% more prison space, 25% abortion becoming legal, and 50% removing lead from gasoline 20 years prior.

      Also of note: we do house a large amount of prisoners compared to the world, but there are places where they dont keep count, and they just kill law breakers, or mutilate them and let them go.

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