posted on May, 27 2004 @ 07:46 PM
"America's inmate population grew by 2.9 percent last year, to almost 2.1 million people, with one of every 75 men living in prison or jail.
The inmate population continued its rise despite a fall in the crime rate and many states' efforts to reduce some sentences, especially for low-level
The report issued Thursday by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics attributes much of the increase to get-tough policies enacted
during the 1980s and '90s, such as mandatory drug sentences, "three-strikes-and-you're-out" laws for repeat offenders, and "truth-in-sentencing"
laws that restrict early releases."
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This is disturbing to me. I wanted to see what others think of this. Do people really believe that so many of our neighbors deserve to live in jail?
Mostly, for non-violent crimes. The constitution was written, letting you do whatever you want in your own privacy, as long as you don't violate the
rights of others. Yes, doing drugs in the privacy of your home may be bad for your health (as are many legal things), but is living in jail a better
alternative? Would 5-20 years in jail change your mind about doing drugs? Or would you come out feeling that you have nothing to lose, and do it
anyway? Or would you come out a worse criminal? For most people, jail doesn't seem that bad. But if you've been there, or know someone who has, you
have a different opinion.
I think we need a less strict policy for NON-violent crimes. Yes, if you are a danger to the public, you need to be locked up. But if your "crime"
doesn't affect me, why should we lock you up, feeding and clothing you with taxpayer money? Just my opinion. Anyone else have thoughts?
"The nation's incarceration rate tops the world"