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Old 02-07-2015, 10:05 AM
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Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from an all-time high of 1.62 million in 2009 to about 1.57 million in 2012. But change has been slow: Even if the downward trend continues, which is far from guaranteed, it could take almost 90 years for the country’s prison population to get down to where it was in 1980 unless the rate of decline speeds up significantly.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...ans_are.2.html

Good article. The interesting stuff is at the end on page 2.
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California has lead the nation in wrongful convictions since 1989, read the article in the Northern California Innocence Project titled " California Prosecutors Go Unpunished ". From 1997-2011 only 6 prosecutors were sent to the Disciplinary Board, 3 were disciplined but kept their jobs. There were 707 complaints that they found had merit, ranging from introducing false evidence, or with holding evidence. The California Attorney Generals Office called it "Harmless Error". There are a lot of people in prison for dirty pee tests, they didn't cause a criminal act by pissing dirty. A lot of stupid drug offences that hurt no one but them self. Confidential Informants, who are able to commit crimes, and not pay no time for them, or like myself a victim of a Confidential Informant who got away with slamming my head into the concrete twice, and my head was stapled closed. His 25 year old ass, had information that was more important than convicting him for another 'Hate Crime" on a 52 year old women. So we are also letting the ones who need to be put in prison, back on the streets to commit more crimes and injure innocent people. It's all fucked-up!!
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let's just build bigger and better prisons so we can accommodate the ever increasing inmate population. Why bother fixing the root of the problem by providing people with mental health issues or substance abuse issues with some treatment....I just don't understand it
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Prison is a business and like most businesses depends on growth to remain profitable, and like most corporations is full of corruption and the potential for more corruption. More prisons is a good economic choice but a bad social choice. As long as money drives the prison industries law makers will certainly make sure they are in demand. I realize there's many people inside that don't belong there and the prison system didn't put them there, but are prisons really going to offer programs and a environment geared towards cutting down the prison population? That's like the oil industry pushing for gasoline alternatives. Ain't going to happen. Like big oil, they do just enough to be politically correct.
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