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Don't get me wrong, the system is not perfect, but it is a better system BY FAR than any other country in the world. Do you even know what a luxury it is in this country to be innocent until proven guilty?
reply to post by bloodreviara
Solid response. A lot of good points. Your case reference there is something I am not intimately educated about. If you only received your information on the case from news outlets, then I would suggest being hesitant on referencing it. We do not know all the facts of the case, the legal arguments, etc. etc. that were involved. People jump to conclusion based on piecemeal information a lot. I'm not saying you are doing that.
I agree the system has issues, but broken seems like a stretch. There are plenty of examples of innocent people being incarcerated and later deemed to be innocent. I just don't think it is quite as dire as some would lead you to believe.
reply to post by hopenotfeariswhatweneed
In addition, there is a fundamental difference between being arrested and being prosecuted and incarcerated. Underage drinking might get you tallied in the arrest statistics. Things may not be as dire as this thread attempts to elucidate.
reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
You don't believe that laws deter certain activities?
I'm sure if you look into the legislative history of why people can't urinate outside it has some very good reasons. Personally, I don't want to walk around the streets where people just pee willy nilly wherever they want. If you don't enforce the guy at night peeing then it is not fair to the person arrested for peeing in the day. It is a slippery slope. You let people pee in public then what? The public poopers will start feeling like they are being unfairly persecuted. Okay, so now we let people sh*t in public too. Well, if people can defecate in public, then why even hide our genitalia in public. Public nudity should be permitted ... I mean where does it end. Things are interrelated and there is a reason we have the laws we have.
“Knock and announce” police raids are on the rise. They are estimated to occur as many as 40 – 50,000 per year. Back in the 1970s, military-style police raids used to be a rare event, occurring only a few hundred times per year.