"The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws."- Ayn Rand. "Atlas Shrugged"And that is seemingly the case today, given the latest statistics out on the matter. Your government, both federal and state is busy, busy, busy imprisoning it's own citizens and the numbers of women languishing behind bars, especially in the west and south has risen to all time highs. Gotta love that "compassionate conservatism", huh? Many, if not most of these people are victims of the War on Drugs and its ludicrous sentencing guidelines. Others are, according to one of the people interviewed in the articles due to the lowering of the felony bar.
"In Oklahoma, we choose to make lower-level crimes felonies, therefore we stand out like a sore thumb."Add to that the large numbers of unconvicted people who are being held at the behest of the
The report by the Justice Department agency found that 62 percent of people in jails have not been convicted, meaning many of them are awaiting trial.Some states have as much as 1% of their population behind bars! "Land of the free", my ass! We now imprison more of our own people than the USSR did at the height of their power. And throwing our women into prisons at the rate we are is unconscionable. Since 1977 the rates of incarceration have, according to the Women's Prison Association increase by 757%!
There is no way that women have managed, as a group to become "badder". The problem lies in solely in the laps of politicians and the government. The rate of violent crime has been dropping steadily for 25 years or more so we can easily make the comparison that these women and men who are now incarcerated have been imprisoned by a lowering of the legal bar, not any increase in crime. The state, in a fit of control mongering has managed to make almost everything a crime, it seems. And, if the facts and figures are to be believed, (and I see no reason to doubt them) the so-called War on Drugs, (the War on Some Drugs or the War on People is much more correct) is almost solely to blame.
The government is creating criminals. Why? Electability of their politicians is a prime reason. Running on the "get tough on crime" platform works for these
If this trend is allowed to continue we will see a continual rise in the numbers of people imprisoned at all levels, especially as the so-called War on Terror continues to function. Shoot,
Don't vote for incumbents, if you vote. That's a start. Refuse to support police organisations and let them know why. If you really care the time to act is now, not tomorrow. Drugs may harm people. But, the War on Drugs is destroying this country, families and the futures of millions of people. That is the true horror or the War on People. We have a War on Drugs, a War on Terror, a War on Iraq and numerous smaller Wars on... it's long past time that we ended the warfare state before it destroys us completely.
Thanks to Bill St. Clair for inspiration and linkage!
War On Drugs, Politics, Libertarian, Bush
Joseph Sobran, Movement of the Libertarian Left, End the War on Freedom