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August 24, 2006


Mr. Hassett, why do we have two posts regarding the Prisons?

Seems odd. Maybe there was a tad bit more information on the second posting, but the posts that were written on the first story will go for naught.

So I will post two posts from the original (1)

The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.

If the United States legalized pot the population of inmates would be reduced dramatically, but the "industry" would lose millions of dollars.

I personally believe that alcohol is a bigger danger and takes more lives in this country than pot ever will.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The prison-industrial complex refers to interest groups that represent organizations that do business in correctional facilities, such as prison guard unions, construction companies, and surveillance technology vendors, who some people believe are more concerned with making more money than actually rehabilitating criminals or reducing crime rates. Additionally, some prisons provide free or low-cost labor for state or municipal governments as well as jobs for union members, which can be seen as another profitable side-benefit born from building and maintaining a large prison system.

Such has led to the rise of the Prison industry. Writing for The Atlantic Monthly in December 1998, Eric Schlosser said that "The prison-industrial complex is not only a set of interest groups and institutions. It is also a state of mind. The lure of big money is corrupting the nation's criminal-justice system, replacing notions of safety and public service with a drive for higher profits. The eagerness of elected officials to pass tough-on-crime legislation — combined with their unwillingness to disclose the external and social costs of these laws — has encouraged all sorts of financial improprieties."[1]

These views are shared widely by critics of the carceral state, retributive justice, military-industrial complex, the War on Terrorism, the War on Drugs, militarism and Homeland Security.


Do you have any evidence that legalizing pot would reduce the prison population. You must be a college student because that is such a vague assumption. A good friend of mine is a city cop and believe me most of these people getting arrested for drugs aren't pushing pot. Please provide me some sort of data that shows that the majority of drug related inmates are in there because of pot. Please, if you ever grew up around these dealers you would be happy they are locked up. They are anti-social scumbags that sell death to people. Go back to the suburbs.


"Go back to the suburbs" Who's making the assumption now? I have lived here all my life. Here you go sonny boy:

Marijuana Arrests For Year 2004: 771,608, Record High; FBI Report Reveals

October 17, 2005 - Washington, DC, USA

Pot Smokers Arrested In America At A Rate Of One Every 41 Seconds

Washington, DC: Police arrested an estimated 771,608 persons for marijuana violations in 2004, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total is the highest ever recorded by the FBI, and comprised 44.2 percent of all drug arrests in the United States.

"These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor marijuana offenders," said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, who noted that at current rates, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 41 seconds in America. "This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and violent crime, including the war on terrorism."

Of those charged with marijuana violations, 89 percent - some 684,319 Americans - were charged with possession only. The remaining 87,289 individuals were charged with "sale/manufacture," a category that includes all cultivation offenses - even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. In past years, approximately 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger.

"Present policies have done little if anything to decrease marijuana's availability or dissuade youth from trying it," St. Pierre said, noting that a majority of young people in the U.S. now report that they have easier access to pot than alcohol or tobacco.

The total number of marijuana arrests in the U.S. for 2004 far exceeded the total number of arrests in the U.S. for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Marijuana arrests have more than doubled since 1993.

"Arresting adults who smoke marijuana responsibly needlessly destroys the lives of tens of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens each year," St. Pierre said, adding that over 8 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges in the past decade. During this same time, arrests for cocaine and heroin have declined sharply, indicating that increased enforcement of marijuana laws is being achieved at the expense of enforcing laws against the possession and trafficking of more dangerous drugs.

St. Pierre concluded that "with nearly 17 million citizens arrested on marijuana-related charges since 1965, is now not the time for the state and federal governments to finally consider legally controlling marijuana via taxation? Is not such a public policy preferable to the current one where government arrests an extraordinary amount of citizens for an adult behavior that is not deviant, or, for that matter, dissimilar than consuming products that contain alcohol?"


2004 771,608
2003 755,187
2002 697,082
2001 723,627
2000 734,498
1999 704,812
1998 682,885
1997 695,200
1996 641,642
1995 588,963
1994 499,122
1993 380,689


College Kid,

Do you realize how much wasted resources are used by arresting someone for marijuana?

Sure there are plenty of scumbags selling harder drugs that should be taken of the street.

You figure out of the over 771,608 arrests made that year for marijuana, all the wasted manpower (probably millions of hours)that police use to combat a substance that is less harmful than alcohol it is ridiculous that this manpower is not used to combat real crime or people pushing hard drugs.

So tell your cop friend he is dead wrong and so are you. I know plenty of people serving time for pot related crimes.

Get your facts straight before you open your trap.

ifcollegekidsrantheworld is an idiot

people who sell marijuana are selling death? You're a moron. NEXT!

Ron Newman

People who sell tobacco are 'selling death', but we don't put them in prison. We license them and occasionally send people around to ensure that they abide by age restrictions.

Treating marijuana differently from this is irrational.

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