Well, that is a good thing. In the United States, on the other hand, a lot of prisons are now run by corporations, and as such, I'm sure those
corporations want to keep them between 90-95% capacity, because the corporations profit off the prison system here. There is not only cheap (slave)
labor to be had, but profit to be made on food in both the canteens and commissary.
@OneQuestion: I think that since the prison systems are now corporate, and Citizens United allows unlimited corporate funding into political campaigns
and politics and such (I just heard about Citizens United from an interview with Jimmy Carter, I will have to read up on it to know more details)
corporations are not worried about a better society in the U.S., but about profit, and if that means filling up the prisons, then by golly we are all
going to be going in and out of jail from now on. And that isn't new, corporations usually put profit first.
Law enforcement agencies are now being trained to rewrite how they got information in order to make it appear as if they were following 4th amendment
rules regarding requiring a warrant. And the only way to counter that is to get a good defense attorney.
Which is not working, by the way - I have a defense attorney that filed for discovery recently, and the report was entirely false, so now I have to
get eye-witness testimony from reliable sources, which I do have. So to reiterate - even getting the discovery does not work, because at least in this
case, the police blatantly lied on their report.
I actually just did a Google search on this because I was trying to find a source, and found a bunch of news articles instead that described the
police not even bothering and just blatantly ignoring the 4th amendment in things like stop-and-frisk and random searches at sports games.
But I don't understand how come police officers, politicians and corporate leaders are not punished or held accountable when they break the law, in my
opinion, a police officer or member of an intelligence agency should be punished for breaking the law just like a regular citizen, even up to the
point of getting a felony, and there should be whistle-blower protection. I don't understand how the leaders of our society are not held accountable
to anything in the U.S.
Is it really ethical? Are there really people out there who are thinking "Gee, you know what, if it's good for the economy, I'm all for staying in
jail for a few months here and there?"
Is that what we are thinking as a country? Because that's exactly where we are headed, and I think the main problem is that people don't understand
the reality of the situation - I do, I was there, I was involved. And it seems as if it is spreading to the point where everyone is going to be
We are talking about a situation where everyone is going to be treated like a criminal without due process, not just ignoring innocent until proven
guilty, but in a lot of cases, sweeping up people who never intended to do a crime and punishing them for the crime.
Do you have a box cutter? You could have been a terrorist, therefore you get the punishment of a terrorist, that mindset, except applied a lot more
broadly, is what I see coming.
The basic idea is that it is just going to be a pain, whether or not you are doing anything wrong is honestly irrelevant to whether or not you are
going to be searched (by definition with things like stop-and-frisk and police checkpoints), and whether or not you get in trouble could also be
entirely arbitrary - based on anything from shoddy police work, to unfortunate possession of something that could
be used in a crime, even if
ya don't know how.
My opinion on the matter is that it is ridiculously unethical and that there should be some standards in the legal system, but I guess that's just my
point of view.
I see other people's comments on Sweden, in the U.S. though, all this fuss over arresting innocent people / not following due process isn't reducing
crime as far as I can tell.
In fact, from a sociological standpoint, it could increase crime because being a criminal, now unavoidable, will become so commonplace that it's no
Also, this idea of not differentiating between people who just happen to be carrying the wrong item and someone who has already acted on a crime using
that item, that kind of mentality, it's just going to confuse people in my opinion.
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