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Indonesian prosecutors have charged an Australian man with drug smuggling and are seeking a 15-year prison sentence after a small amount of marijuana was found in his luggage as he arrived on the resort island of Bali.
Originally posted by vox2442
Seems like this happens to an Australian ever couple of months. You'd think they'd get the point that Indonesia doesn't like people bringing drugs into the country.
Before the Reagan drug war, prisons were becoming empty. From 1965 to 1975, the US prison population actually shrank at the rate of about 1% per year.1 The drug war ? especially against cannabis ? changed all that, and turned the failing prison industry into a booming business. US Bureau of Justice Statistics show that at the beginning of the Reagan era in 1980, there were 220 inmates for every 100,000 people in the US. But by the end of the Reagan era in 1989, prisons were stuffed to maximum capacity? bursting at a record 434 inmates per 100,000 US citizens. During the Reagan era, the number of inmates per 100,000 US citizens had risen by 214 over a 9 year period? when it had only risen 80 per 100,000 over the previous 52 years!
During the 80's, drug-frenzied cops sported a Reagan-inspired spring to their walk that looked suspiciously like a goose-step, while law makers were busy engineering new forms of oppression. In the mid-80's, federal mandatory minimums were created to round up and jail the US drug culture. What this meant was that judges across the US were forced to sentence non-violent drug offenders for a minimum of five years if they had, for example, 100 marijuana plants, a gram of '___', or 500 grams of coc aine. The penalties were increased to ten years for larger amounts.5 Some states also passed mandatory sentencing laws for drug offenders, the harshest of which were drafted in Michigan and New York.
In a 1998 report The US General Accounting Office (GAO) ? a government organization dedicated to reporting systemic corruption ? revealed that, "the growth in... prison populations since 1980 can be traced in part to changes in sentencing laws that are intended to get tough on crime, particularly drug offenders."6 From '85 to '94, Drug offences were responsible for 36% of the increase in state prison populations and 71% of the increase in federal prison populations. Overall, the number of drug offenders in prison increased 510% from '83 to '93,7 and most of those offenders were in on marijuana charges.
Originally posted by Benji1999
I don't agree with the law, nor the potential sentence, but the old saying ''When in Rome, do as the Romans do'' is very applicable here.
People have got to stop swanning into a country and arrogantly assuming that the country's laws do not apply to them, or thinking that they can bring their own country's laws and attitudes with them.
Originally posted by Ausar
american laws should have nothing to do with the content of the original post!
officials will not seek the death penalty because the amount of marijuana found was relatively small.
McJannett's lawyer says his client has admitted to the charges but argues that the drugs were for medical purposes.
Originally posted by Monkey Casino
If you don't fancy doing a 15 year stretch for illegal possesion of a drug, don't possess it. Simple.
Originally posted by blueorder
exactly! This is the law of a sovereign nation, do your homework before heading there