posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 07:18 AM
8/26 article from Bloomberg
Today’s inmates -- at least 350,000 -- are locked up, in China and Southeast Asia, just for using illegal drugs, or being suspected of
Human Rights Watch recently released a paper detailing the practice of warehousing alleged drug users in China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, adding
to a stack of damning reports about these centers, which also exist in Thailand and Malaysia. In March, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
and 12 other UN agencies called for closing all such institutions. It was a noteworthy statement, given that the UNODC, as well as the U.S. and other
donor countries, has given many of them financial support.
A center staff member in China said female inmates were HIV-tested so guards could identify whom they could rape without a condom.
Or horrific doesn't do justice.
The U.S., Japan, Sweden and the UNODC have actually helped Laos build its centers. Countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Sweden and the U.K. have funded programs within facilities throughout Southeast Asia to improve, for instance, health care, vocational
training or sports facilities. They argue that at least they can make life better for detainees.
Another successful UN venture...
By these accounts, I'd probably prefer an American prison to a Cambodian "mental hospital" warehouse, but we're not doing too well with drug
From Federal Bureau of Prisons
, federal prisoners:
Total population: 218,119
Drug Offenses: 92,721 (47.9 %)
From bureau of justice, includes state and local inmates: bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov...
State and federal prisoners
numbered 1,612,395 at yearend 2010
18% drug charges in States
51% drug charges Fed
Is it just me, or should human rights violations and the American prison system be bigger issues in the 2012 political campaigns?
I suppose it's easy to lose track of some lowly drug offenders when the sober middle class is struggling.