Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world (higher than, for example, Russia and Rwanda). Most of these inmates are in for non-violent offenses. Thanks to irrational drug policies, mandatory sentences and jail industry lobbying (much of which is privately run) we're overburdening our judicial system, breaking budgets, ruining families and creating hardened criminals. A few facts:

  • The U.S. prison population to overall population ratio is 5 times that of the United Kingdom, 8 times that of Germany and 12 times that of Japan
  • The total state-level population of inmates in 1970 was 174,000. By 2009 it was 1.4 million
  • Almost half of all federal inmates are in for drug offenses, yet the U.S. has no greater rates of drug addiction than other countries
  • The two largest private prison companies in the country earn $3 billion a year (of taxpayer money) and are major donors to state political campaigns where they have facilities
  • Some prisons are so over crowded that courts have deemed the conditions "cruel and unusual punishment"

Our innate human tendency to control and punish has gone out of control.

It has been proven to be cheaper and more effective for many offenders to be given community based treatment or rehabilitation rather than imprisonment. Or, to avoid much of the whole issue, revised attitudes and laws about some non-violent, victimless crimes should prevail.

"Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country." ― Ralph Nader

"You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws." ― Ron Paul

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