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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
05:05 PM on 07/29/2011
Read the article on Mother Jones about Angola Prison in Louisiana.
07:15 PM on 07/29/2011
Here's the link for those interested http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/07/burl-cain-angola-prison
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BcemXAHA
אני כלום בלעדיהם
05:05 PM on 07/29/2011
Prisons are big business.
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BcemXAHA
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05:05 PM on 07/29/2011
*Why does the U.S. have an incarceration rate that is so much higher than other wealthy countries?*

Perhaps because we have a great gap between the haves and have nots? Perhaps because we are overpopulated?
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wom122
Primum non nocere
08:32 PM on 07/29/2011
We are certainly not overpopulated. The European Union's population density is 116/sq km compared with 32/sq km for the USA.
A coparison with China or India would be redundant.
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Boduognat
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate.
03:57 AM on 07/30/2011
You assume one thing for the USA, but three posts ago you cast doubt on another poster proposing the same assumption when it comes to Israel?

Odysseus had clearer sight when he engaged that army of cattle.
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BcemXAHA
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01:36 PM on 07/30/2011
Clearly you never excelled in reading comprehension.
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marignymitch
E pluribus unum percent
04:53 PM on 07/29/2011
USA, Israel: Two police states in a pod.
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BcemXAHA
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05:26 PM on 07/29/2011
I know right? Because Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, are so much better :)
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BcemXAHA
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10:54 AM on 07/30/2011
Or maybe two states that actually are reporting the incarceration rates unlike those who don't? :)
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Small Axe
Well sharp.
04:39 PM on 07/29/2011
Whats more sick ?
The amount of existing and new programing
Where you can watch this travesty unfold on the television.
Just saw a new one on national geographic.
I can vaguely remember when I regarded them as scientific.
Vaguely.
04:38 PM on 07/29/2011
The answer to his question is easy. We have so many incarcerated in the US because we have so many christians. Why let god be the only judge?
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Ghostberry
All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
05:17 PM on 07/29/2011
Surely what he actually meant was to have his faithful as a jury afterall right?
04:03 PM on 07/29/2011
Just think what our unemployment rate would be if we didn't lock so many in jail!

The american police state is a scary thing.
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WillofthePeople
Do YOU consent to toxic govt? Change ur thinking!!
04:12 PM on 07/29/2011
You wouldn't have as many prisoners working for $0.20/hr for prison corporations who are skimming the rest of the money from corporations who don't want to pay living wages.
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Jack Glastra
My best comments are still pending.
02:54 AM on 07/30/2011
Didn't the Nazi's do that kinda stuff, too? Scary times we live in, I'm afraid.
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WillofthePeople
Do YOU consent to toxic govt? Change ur thinking!!
03:55 PM on 07/29/2011
Read and Learn: "HOW Slavery is still legal under the US Constitution" . No secret there!
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nltldoc
03:40 PM on 07/29/2011
American "Exceptionalism" and our self-serving Legal Indu$try
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darquelourd
You Get What You Play For
04:41 PM on 07/29/2011
actually, if the Legal Industry was that powerful there would be FEWER people in prison.

now if you want to blame OVERZEALOUS prosecutors for some of those numbers be my guest!

... along with mandatory sentencing requirements
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Ghostberry
All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
05:18 PM on 07/29/2011
Most cases never even go to trial, the legal system is a huge failure where people take the deal because they know they will be buried under the thousands of additional charges that can be brought against them for basically one offense.
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rlugbill
03:39 PM on 07/29/2011
We have lots of people who are "frequent fliers" in our justice system. People who keep getting in trouble because they are addicted, have no job skills, are impulsive, have poor social skills and basically don't know how to live any differently. They keep recycling through the system.

There is a lot of research about how to prevent crime. Not much of the social science research is being applied in public policy.

Basically, our system is politically-based, rather than research-based.

If it were research-based, we would be doing effective evaluations of criminal defendants and then sentencing them to do appropriate programs that would address their criminogenic needs. Instead, we rarely evaluate criminal defendants before sentencing and usually sentence them in ways that keep them in the system.

Our criminal justice system is not self-correcting. If you run a restaurant and the food is bad, people will stop coming. If you run a criminal justice system that fails to address the issues of the people involved, you actually increase business for the system.

We are wasting billions of dollars on ineffective things and doing little to reduce crime or increase public safety.
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03:30 PM on 07/29/2011
And of course reforming drug laws would help.

It's not as bad as in the 60's, where a guy spent
10 years in jail for having 2 joints [ that's 2 mary jane
cigarettes to you who have been asleep for a few
decades....].....but it still is an incredible waste of money
in so many ways.

One way to reform drug laws, don't vote for Republicans,
as they are mostly the problem, not the solution, to
so many things.
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03:28 PM on 07/29/2011
Part of the US problem is not enough investment, and that really is what it is,
in our inner city youth. They are OUR problem, like it or not.

They can either become Taxpayer's.....or go in and out of jail
for decades, at about $ 25-50,000 a year in taxes, not to
mention cops, courts, etc.....OR they can, with
more help from the age of 10-25, do much better
generally.

So we need more teachers and tutors.....the payback should be
in only a few years, and in many ways. As a former conservative
I think this makes economic and moral sense no matter what
your politics.
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Ghostberry
All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
05:20 PM on 07/29/2011
The total lack of good policies here also requires a steady stream of scapegoats, right now mexicans and "criminals" are an excellent distraction. Every police state needs theirs.
11:02 AM on 08/11/2011
I think your comment is right on about the inner city youth. Most of the inmates I am seeing now have never even had an honest job nor finished high school. A good many of them were raised by their grandparents because their parents were deemed unfit. This seems to be a major problem, got any answers?
03:17 PM on 07/29/2011
Checkmoot below,, Laws don't Make Criminals. Laws are to Protect You from Criminals. Our Prisons are Not filled with "Seat belt ordanance voilaters". I'm Not saying all crimes are the result of Drugs...But Give a Criminal a bunch of Drugs and No Telling What he'll do. In a Society where people behave, abide by the Laws made for the Good Of All.....The Prisons are Empty. That isn't the case here in the USA.. We have the most criminals in prison. That means we are trying to do something about That problem. Would you rather they be on the "Street',,,,Preying on You ?
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ruolivert
04:17 PM on 07/29/2011
Our prisons take in regular people who commit non-violent drug related crimes and turns them into criminals. Saying someone caught with a a few of crack has a problem. Sticking them in prison for 5 yeras turns them into a problem
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kathye
03:00 PM on 07/29/2011
We have a patriarchal society. Americans feel safe when there is a strong control element. We like to see people punished, and to administer punishment. Parents use corporal punishment as discipline which in the long run only promotes more violence. It has become so ingrained I think anyone using respect and honor as discipline is seen as weak.
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Dr JAY Veeoh
scientist
03:49 PM on 07/29/2011
A strong control element ???

Not with regard to congressial lobbyists and bankers.
And fighting the wrong wars : Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia. Also: Afghanistan,Vietnam could have been friends.Further : the war on drugs; avoiding corporate taxes,you name it.

Yes, Americans feel safe when it looks like there is a strong control element.So did the Germans, a long time ago.
02:52 PM on 07/29/2011
Ca. prisoners are on a hunger strike right now. Critical resistance