Unwanted fugitives

<p>Big hole in the system. Free to offend again and move on. Third of 3 parts.</p>

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<p>States don't have the resources.</p>

<p>When 1% of Americans (or to be more dramatic and say 1 out of every 100 Americans) is incarcerated, it's pretty sad for our society.</p>

<p>IMHO, it all starts with family values...so goes the American family, so goes American society. Throwing more money to build more prisons doesn't solve the root of the problem.</p>

<p>Couldn't the federal government intercede on behalf of the states if the transportation of inmates across state lines were technically considered interstate commerce? I'm just brainstorming ideas, but there definitely is a need for better interstate communication/cooperation, as well as attention to this issue. it is most alarming.</p>

<p>We incarcerate so many because nobody should have to live with scum in their neighborhood. Talk about areas that suffer most--the poor are the most common victims of crimes too.</p>

<p>^Correct in my experience. They suffer the worst. Prison is a good place for predators.</p>

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<p>That, and the fact that many are incarcerated who really shouldn't be. When we're habitually incarcerating anyone who is addicted to drugs (a condition that needs to be dealt with in a therapeutic environment) and other non-violent crimes, it's no wonder the prison population is so huge. And then, of course, most of those inmates get sucked into the vicious cycle that is prison violence.</p>

<p>We need a new country to populate with our legally challenged citizens. I hear Siberia has lots of space and good fishing.</p>

<p>Very few drug users get prison, only dealers. Many dealers are involved in other forms of violent often gang related activity. The rest are liars.</p>

<p>barrons, it is a gross generalization that most dealers are involved in other gang activity or violence. Lots are. Many aren't - especially the low-level ones who actually end up getting caught.</p>

<p>The biggest issue in that particular situation is that the people most likely to be arrested and imprisoned for drug offenses are poor and often become more violent, lifetime criminals as a result of the experiences, causing even worse problems. Meanwhile, richer drug users get off scot-free.</p>

<p>Most drug users are not rich. Low level ones can get off easy if they will turn in the higher ups. That's how it works. In most cities if you are not protected in a gang your dealing days are very short.</p>

<p>If we legalized drugs and treat it like its an addiction, violent crime from drug dealers/offenders would be reduced...you're lowering the price and minimizing incentive for crime...</p>

<p>I think countries that have tried that have found it to be very problematic.</p>

<p>barrons, based on what information? Holland seems to have been relatively happy with the results of its policies, other than the drug tourism that has resulted.</p>

<p>See this website - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>and this article by Norm Stamper, former Chief of Police for Seattle:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/39565/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/39565/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Norm Stamper was run out of his job in liberal Seattle for being so ineffective.</p>

<p>The Dutch are changing their outlook too.</p>

<p>Changing</a> Patterns in Social Fabric Test Netherlands' Liberal Identity - washingtonpost.com</p>

<p>Luckily the Dutch don't share a border with a country that has criminals who have millions of dollars to spend to bring drugs across the border illegally.</p>