Originally Posted by Senator
Isn't that the way communist countries work?
A previous poster indicated we incarcerate too many people here, yet they complained about high crime. By definition, that indicates we do not incarcerate enough.
With freedom, comes responsibility. Some people cannot handle freedom, and are best left to rot in prison. I recent met a person that killed one person with a knife, and was convicted of attempted second degree murder on a second. 20 years of probation was received. The only jail time was while he was waiting on his Court date.
One way to reduce crime is to do away with the 4th amendment to the constitution. Get rid of any search warrant requirements, and if you are caught with evidence that links you to a crime, let the Jury see it. If you say something before your lawyer is present, it doesn’t change the fact you committed the crime.
There is a lot of income inequality in other countries too, but the wealth is held by people or families in power. Most people can never get to that point in other countries, but here in the USA anyone can be a millionaire.
Gun deaths is not the same thing as crime. The U.S. has the most people in prison because of the "war" on drugs, harsher sentencing and mandatory minimum sentences.
From the New Yorker -
The Caging of America
"More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the
fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. "
Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America : The New Yorker
From The Economist -
Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little
Rough justice in America: Too many laws, too many prisoners | The Economist