"The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."http://www.opendemocracy.net/TENP-AnthonyPapa
The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners.[/quote]
Yes, and the majority appear to be for violent crimes ..... http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old ... high.shtml
The percentage of the total population in the US who are incarcerated is staggering compared to other nations. This should bring up some questions I would think. The US has 5% of the world's population and a whopping 25% of the world's prisoners?
Drug war prisoners make up only about one-fourth of an all-time high 2,268,000 people behind bars in the US, up 1.9% from 2003. But while the imprisonment juggernaut continues to roll along, there are faint signs that its growth is slowing. Last year's 1.9% increase in prison and jail population was lower than the year before (2.0%) and lower than the 3.2% average annual growth rate for the past decade.
Drug war prisoners make up ONLY (ONLY?) one-fourth
of 2,268,000 ... an all time high ... ONLY? Is that all?
Of the nearly 2.2 million people behind bars last year, 50.5% were serving time for violent crime. That means that more than 1.1 million people were imprisoned for nonviolent offenses, mainly property and drug crimes.
I just noticed the math failure in the link I used. If there are NEARLY 2.2 million people in jail and 50.5% are violent offenders there cannot be MORE than 1.1 million non-violent offenders.
2.2 million X 50.5% = 1.111 million violent offenders
2.2 million - 1.111 = 1.089 million non-violent offenders
thus, since there are less than 2.2 million in jail
There are 2,268,000 people in jail ..... 68,000 more than 2.2. How do you get LESS?
there is less than 1.089 million non-violent offenders not more than 1.1 million. There are more than 1.1 million violent offenders, however.
While you tweak the numbers, there are a staggering number of US citizens imprisoned ... period. And one fourth of them are a result of the war on drugs ..... a percentage of that are people caught smoking a joint, while "the imprisonment juggernaut continues to roll along," with ... "faint signs that its growth is slowing."
In any case, ~25% being drug criminals would be ~ 0.55 million prisoners.
And that is an exile nation ....while civil liberties continue to be eroded in the once land of the free. Since 1970, when the war on drugs began, the number of "felons" captured has increased four-fold.
It seems to me you are defending this decades old movement. Why?