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06:26 PM on 02/07/2013
Do you want your prison, education, and homicide problems solved?

Legalize drugs and tax them close to black market prices.
06:52 PM on 02/07/2013
Might be a temporary fix, until people move to harder drugs, kidnapping as a source of income, and other worse crimes.
08:16 PM on 02/07/2013
The money made by gangs selling drugs every year is insane and that's with their overhead. Most of the overhead would be eliminated so you could tax it close to current street value and make a huge profit (Taxes).
You would have to use the taxes to fund education programs and rehabilitation programs.

We currently spend over 2 billion dollars a year housing people convicted of nonviolent marijuana charges. The money saved from their release from prison would be enough to fund new educational and prevention programs every single year.

I know you would see a lower homicide rate if they were legalized and because the drugs would be cheaper and legal the necessity to commit crimes to fund habits would be lower.
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fourtruth
9th Amendment, Bill of Rights
09:20 PM on 02/07/2013
"move to harder drugs"? Not as likely as today - if they are not being sold by the same person they are buying pot from.
05:54 PM on 02/07/2013
so many prisoners in this country? its because its a money making enterprize plain and simple! think about how many people from law enforcement, courts and everyone in between that make their living on the prisons.. what the hell ever!! MERICA!!
05:40 PM on 02/07/2013
Use prisons for what they were intended for. To remove criminals from society, those who cannot or will not conform to what society has mandated. Some of these people when entering prison have a better life style then when they lived on the outside. Prisons have become retirement homes for societies most useless.
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05:28 PM on 02/07/2013
The for profit prison industry are on the opponents of legalizing drugs. It hurts their bottom line.
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fourtruth
9th Amendment, Bill of Rights
09:22 PM on 02/07/2013
BINGO. Research Rockefeller before and during his New York time when he made Pot such a big deal - it was for the prisons he had invested in..
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05:28 PM on 02/07/2013
the new face of democracy.
05:27 PM on 02/07/2013
Who says crime doesn't pay?
07:31 PM on 02/07/2013
All the losers behind bars!
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sherrieblossom
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
05:14 PM on 02/07/2013
"The report found that a growing number of inmates are locked away for immigration and "weapons-related" crimes..." Isn't that interesting? Not only are illegals having babies to anchor themselves in the country, getting welfare, taking away money from social security to help them live here in the US, but we are paying for them through our prison systems as well. And this sitting "Bigdaddy" president, Obama, wants to give them amnesty, which means more money will go to help them become citizens with benefits. He is off his ever-loving-rocker, people! Send them back to Mexico to serve time in a Mexican jail. Make them go through the same process as other immigrants.
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average dude
We will get there despite you.
05:55 PM on 02/07/2013
You do realize that immigration and weapons-related crimes did not mean that the same person commited both......right?
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sherrieblossom
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
11:23 AM on 02/08/2013
I was quoting a sentence that included immigration. I guess I could have ended the quote at immigration, but did not. You did understand what I meant, though... right?
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05:08 PM on 02/07/2013
This article keep saying federal prisons, but I really wonder if they are federal prisons under the control of private entities. If they are private entity prisons then guess what folks, we are feeding some pretty rich people with guests at their hotels.

What are we doing with people who drug convictions in federal prisons? They certainly better be people who were caught selling tons of drugs and not people from the street. But then again we know that people caught selling tons of drugs don't do jail time
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Ericellent
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04:58 PM on 02/07/2013
We've lost sight of the point of prison. It's to rehabilitate. All these mandatory sentences are designed by politicians catering to the will of the mob. Whatever political view was marketed best.

We've voted ourselves into a prison country.
06:56 PM on 02/07/2013
Rehabilitate? To me it's just a made-up word. A politician's word, so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really wanna know? Am I sorry for what I did? There's not a day goes by that I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a b%s& word. So go ahead and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a s*#@.
07:36 PM on 02/07/2013
That's true. We have committed crimes against ourselves...which means we all belong in prison! But most are already in prison...if only in their minds. That's why we are where we are!
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Ericellent
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09:31 AM on 02/08/2013
As humans, we are flawed. It's a blessing and a curse. Some day, those flaws will be our undoing. Unless more people "wake up" and see what's happening. :/
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Tulka2
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04:51 PM on 02/07/2013
One of the reasons i voted for Obama was he seemed to be the best shot at doing something about the prison-industrial-system.  But.... "Are there no prisons?  Are there no workhouses?"  These are "the least of these" that Jesus was talking about.  One of the beatitudes is to visit people imprisoned.  What is wrong with so-called American Christians?  
06:57 PM on 02/07/2013
"seemed to be the best"

What kind of pseudo-racist-emotional reasoning is this?

Because he's black?
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Tulka2
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07:32 PM on 02/07/2013
????  No b/c he had life experience with the ordinary person. 
07:21 PM on 02/07/2013
They are a dying breed. I think I am the last. So what can I do? You want me to message your feet while I listen to you cry and do nothing.....about others who cry and do nothing???
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Tulka2
Solidarity. Courage. Humor.
07:49 PM on 02/07/2013
Bless you b/c i hope you are doing something. So am i and i'm not even a Christian, but i admire the real ones very much.
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04:50 PM on 02/07/2013
Stop all drug laws.. It is not the governments place to tell people what they can and can not put inside their own bodies....
06:57 PM on 02/07/2013
like soda, in large amounts.
08:28 PM on 02/07/2013
No laws in NYC against buying a 2-liter bottle of soda...