– “Why Is the U.S. Prison Population So Large?”
“Fully 24 percent of inmates in U.S. prisons are nonviolent drug offenders. The drug war has been adding to a growing U.S. prison population for the past 40 years. Today, the United States holds more human beings in prisons than any other country, both as a percentage of the population and in counting total numbers. Prof. Daniel DAmico shows how the war on drugs has led to significant increases in the U.S. prison population and argues that perhaps this is an ineffective way to address drug use in America. The United States is spending billions of dollars and locking of hundreds of thousands of people. Might there be a better alternative?
A stastical breakdown of American prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes: http://bit.ly/13eq1NN
Interactive chart shows that ramping up the Drug War has not decreased drug addiction in America: http://bit.ly/U1mD3H
Huffington Post piece on the racism and hypocrisy in our nations war on drugs: http://huff.to/REgeNe
– “U.S. Prison Population Seeing Unprecedented Increase
“The research wing of the U.S. Congress is warning that three decades of historically unprecedented build-up in the number of prisoners incarcerated in the United States have led to a level of overcrowding that is now taking a toll on the infrastructure of the federal prison system.
Over the past 30 years, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the federal prison population has jumped from 25,000 to 219,000 inmates, an increase of nearly 790 percent. Swollen by such figures, for years the United States has incarcerated far more people than any other country, today imprisoning some 716 people out of every 100,000,” quoting Carey L. Biron in the Inter Press News Agency.