arma virumque cano (et alia)
XXX THREE STRIKES and other mandatory sentencing laws, not higher crime rates, are responsible...Nearly 2/3 of their prisoners are nonviolent offenders. This is largely due to laws voted into effect...They spend millions each year lobbying for stricter sentencing laws...and what's that you advocate for, mikeb? More Laws, Stricter Sentencing, and One Strike on any firearms violation.
Yep, prison overcrowding is definitely a product of the "One Strike and You're Out" mentality.
Bill and Anonymous, Maybe you haven't been paying attention, either that or you just want to make me waste my time repeating myself. If that's the case, you can be proud of another big victory.My "one strike you're out" law would rarely require jail time but it would ALWAYS result in the loss of gun rights.About the overcrowding, I say NO non-violent offenders should be in jail except for the multiple repeat offenders. Jail is for people we're afraid of not people we're mad at.
"...I say NO non-violent offenders should be in jail except for the multiple repeat offenders. Jail is for people we're afraid of not people we're mad at."Yep, I agree.
I'm going to do my very best to remember that Bill Baldwin. That should be the prison system motto.
Many are proud of these #'s. Not the ones who should not be there though.
End the War on Drugs, and this would go away. With a few exceptions, it's ridiculous to put someone in prison for the possession of something. Punish those who do bad acts, and leave the rest alone.
Agreed and without reservations.
I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of other countries execute most of their criminals. Our family had an acquaintance in the 1980s from Iran who told us how they promptly execute anyone who has raped or murdered someone. Off the top of my head, I imagine just about all of the communist and Muslim countries execute lots of their offenders.I suspect that many communist and Muslim countries do not have the resources to try to solve crimes, either.And then we have to look at corruption which interferes with the desire to solve crimes in lots of countries around the world. Mexico is a good example.And the U.S. has some longstanding social problems that are contributing to the crime rate.All in all, the imprisonment rate sounds about right to me.