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Criminal justice system should stop sending so many people to prison - Times Online


"An answer can be found in Cutting Crime: The Case for Reinvestment, a report by the House of Commons Justice Select Committee. It concluded that the incessant growth in the prison population was caused by a toxic cocktail of sensationalised or inaccurate reporting of difficult cases by the media; relatively punitive overall public opinion; a self-defeating over-politicisation of criminal justice policies since the late 1980s; and the sentencing framework and sentences. "


These are the same exact things that have plagued the US's approach towards crime, and I have seen these phenomenon in action.

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Should it be obvious that more laws and rules you create more crimals there will be, with assumption that criminalization itself might be a good business model for some in society?




If criminal correction spending is outpacing educational budget growth, what would you expect the trend be in the future?

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Follow the money.


Google for "jail slavery" and you come up with a load of links, such as this one from the Idaho Observer

The 13th Amendment of the Constitution states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States."
The U.S. has become the most imprisoned nation in world history with 2.2 million people serving at least one year in a state or federal institution. China, which boasts of having one of the world's most notoriously intolerant government, holds 500,000 fewer prisoners than the U.S. with four times the population.
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