Yes, the United States leads the world once again, and I’m sure when they go up to the podium to accept their award, the first one thanked will be the War on Drugs.
That’s right â€” the latest worldwide incarceration figures are out.
The United States has the highest prison population
rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national
Almost three fifths of countries (59%) have rates below
150 per 100,000. […]
More than 9.8 million people are held in penal
institutions throughout the world, mostly as pre-trial
detainees (remand prisoners) or as sentenced prisoners.
Almost half of these are in the United States (2.29m),
Russia (0.89m) or China (1.57m sentenced prisoners). […]
Prison populations are growing in many parts of the
world. Updated information on countries included in
previous editions of the World Prison Population List
shows that prison populations have risen in 71% of
Check out the numbers…
|rate per 100,000 population||Total incarcerated|
Note: This table does not include special notes and sources. Consult the original document for more information.
[Thanks to Grits for Breakfast where Scott notes that Texas by itself could easily be considered the world’s leader in incarceration rate.]
Do you know how much it costs, on average, to support each prisoner per year?
The figures vary by state and by how the costs are computed, but the best figures I’ve seen put it at around $25,000-$26,000 a year per prisoner.
That is just sad. We imprison more people than a communist country called >CHINA< for gods sake! A country ,need I remind , our government is always bashing for its human right violations. LOL. What a sad world we live in.
Makes me want to #2!
Worse, we know the who, what, when, where, and why of it and still can’t get those damn prohibitionist monkeys off our backs!
The solution is to swear half the population in as peace officers, and then handcuff the other half of the population to them. Crime and prison overcrowding problem solved!
Pete, if you are really concerned with this issue, you should provide links in your sidebar to november.org and prisonsucks.com, both sites cover the drugwar and prison population issue.
The November Coalition: http://www.november.org
Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment:
In California it costs about $47,000 per inmate/year. This number goes much higher if you consider inmates who need medical care. Corrections costs were last year 10% of the states general fund, ie, 10 % of state taxes, for CA taxpayers.
Per the report, most of San Marino’s criminals are held in Italian prisons. What did that one dude do to get imprisoned in the most serene republic?
Yay! We’re #1!
But we must maintain hyperviligence to keep our esteemed position, other countries are breathing down our neck.
We should take immediate action to prohibit the horribly addictive gateway drug caffiene. And we should do it right this time. Instead of mollycoddling abusers with penalties insufficient to actually stop anyone from offending, and then having to toughen the laws later, let’s start out with CSA Schedule Zero, First Strike You’re Out – life in prison.
USA! USA! USA!
Morality is always the product of terror;
its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned
by those who dare not trust others,
because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
— Aldous Huxley
Christian Extremism and Terrorism In History
Bush’s Born-Again Drug War
Religion has also been the theme of several new high-profile anti-drug campaigns launched by the administration. In 2003, just months after being tapped by Bush to head the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Karen Tandy threw her weight behind a grassroots anti-drug campaign called “Pray for the Children.” The group’s website maintains that, “The power of prayer is unequaled” in influencing adolescents from refraining from drug use. Regarding her endorsement of the program, Tandy explained, “Drug abuse is a scourge that attacks a person’s soul as well as body, so it’s fitting that the solution should engage the soul as well.”
Ganjawar: Prison Slave Labor, Rape & Pillage Deterrent
At the same time, the United States blasts China for the the use of prison slave labor, engaging in the same practice itself. Prison labor is a pot of gold. No strikes, union organizing, health benefits, unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation to pay. As if exploiting the labor of prison inmates was not bad enough, it is legal in the United States to use slave labor. The 13th Amendment of the Constitution states that “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.”
‘Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible’
What’s life like in our prisons for those marijuana convicts? Let’s steel our nerves and go visit the Web site http://www.spr.org, where the Los Angeles outfit “Stop Prisoner Rape” has posted the little plain-talking handbill it has prepared for young men entering our prison system, titled “For Prisoners: Advice on Avoiding HIV/AIDS.”
The group’s handout — targeted primarily at heterosexual men who have no desire to ever be involved in homosexual activity — advises:
“HIV/AIDS transmission during a sexual assault is a serious concern. The following are practical tips for reducing your risk. …
“If you have a choice, try to avoid men who used needles for drugs in the past or are still doing so. … The more often you are raped, the more exposed you will be, so especially try to avoid anal gang-bangs. The most dangerous situation of all is if your anus is bleeding, for that allows easy entry of the virus into your bloodstream. So try to use a lubricant or grease or cream if you can to minimize injury to your delicate internal body parts, avoid anal gang-bangs, and if you must endure forced anal penetration, try to relax your muscles as much as possible. These tactics are not ‘cooperating’ or consenting, they are just common-sense measures to try to save your life.
“In many situations you are better off agreeing to do something (masturbating, oral sex, sex with a condom) rather than just resisting until you are overwhelmed and forced to deal with unprotected anal sex from one or many guys. You may feel you should resist to the end, but that would put your life in danger. There is no shame in doing what you have to do to survive; nothing changes the fact that rape is involved and you are not morally or legally responsible for it; these compromises are just pathways to your survival. It may even be to your advantage to develop skills in oral sex so that guys you have to deal with will be satisfied with that alone. Don’t feel guilty about it; you’re just trying to save your life….”
Feeling pretty comfortable now with what the legal system is doing to these 77,000 nonviolent pot-smokers in your name? (And those are just the ones who end up doing hard time, mind you. Remember, 646,000 were arrested in 2000. Do you suppose most of them had a nice, restful night in jail? Do you realize, if their families spent a few thousand dollars apiece on legal fees, that adds up to more than a billion dollars, and taxpayer costs for lost police time are several times that?)
Still going to tell me that treating them in this manner is just the way you show your “compassion” as you seek to “protect them from the health risks” of lighting up a joint, not to mention “sending the right message to the children”?
Weâ€™re number one again!
Hey its a frickin business selling a Ganjawar.
What’s all the mystery?
$25k x 2,293,157 = $57,328,925,000.00 taxible profits.
“Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy … and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’ … fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. …
The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.”
— William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
Lies Our Drug Warriors Told Us
Booze Prohibition was just a business, selling oil, same as Iraq, no bid contracts for teabog ditti corporations, same corporations perpetuating the Ganjawar. Same business tactics to rid them of competition. $300,000,000.00 in Hemp products sold last year, not grown by family farmers, Indians or Mexicans instead of freaking out Texacans and Lou Dobbs. Just business, and the business of gullibles arguing over hobgoblins perpetuating it. ConPromises on flat out lies. Sheep appeasing their political dictates.
Selling the poor to private cages bringing more taxes than minimum wages. Its a frickin job, don’t ask, just do what your told and keep it going. Then elected lobbyist cowards mouthfart teabog ditties into paying for it. Jerking off their plastic flags made in Thailand slave labor camps. Kids breathing toxins while their teabog parents cheer on Monsanto acid raining it down upon them. Or spraying poisons on cotton, aborting bible belt babies and what do the brainiacs thimktankers debate, future soothsayings, ms cleo blabberings of how to control what isn’t even real?
Can’t state the facts that 98% of the pot eradications in the US are wild unkept ditchweed. Non psychoactive burlap and yet lets ConPromise 215 with a SB420, cause the stupid fucking cops carrying loaded weapons keep getting confused, and then cry for exactness and teabog tie wraps to make some of the action. Cowards and Traitors locking up neighbors your proud DARE graduate turned in, while peeping in their bedroom windows. Be proud teabog dittie drug worriers.
Sending your jobs off on NAFTA gravy trains. Textiles shut down, Monsanto frankencotton killing India without our insolence. Could process Hemp in the same teabog states. Or for car parts in Detroit, Hemp wood in Orleans. Nutritional supplements in the grease and lardburgers. Same buyers clubs for adults if not for the politikan and self appointed moralist “believers” Dressed in chemical smells, botox smiles, suit and tie bubblegum. 200 sects of Christians blaming the other ones, no accountability, in the real time real world at least. Or Moose and Legionaries, Elks and Masons asleep at the wheel. looking for uniforms with name tags and rank. Blind allegiance to B movie actors pisstasting their kids out of college tuition.
While the suits steal the tax funds and the corporate media points to the poor and the Hippies to blame. How many join them and say they want Freedom? Say they want to end the wars and yet still buy from the same DEAth Merchants. Hypocrites aren’t exclusive of GOPerverts and DNCrats. Both sides make a Ganjawar happen and both sides profit arguing over red herrings and semantics while true Patriots rot in cages. The Ganjawar is over… Go Home!
Same ole shit different teabog ditties!
originally made his cars to run on ethanol, so farmers could create their own fuel. (He saw farmers really as his customers originally, since nearly all of us were farmers. Along comes John D. Rockefeller, who wants people to use oil. He provides money to the anti-alcohol movement in order to make Prohibition a reality, and stop the ethanol fuel industry and promote the use of fossil fuels.
The Elkhorn Manifesto
SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA