And most of them are in the system for basically, what it amounts to, smoking a joint. Lou
by David Borden, June 12, 2012,
Did you know that in 2009 there were 1.7 million people in US prisons, jails, or on probation or parole for drug offenses? Since 1990, the number of people in those four categories grew by 78.9 percent — federal prisons by 212.5 percent. Read about it in the Prisons & Drug Offenders section of DrugWarFacts.org.
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- USA New Poll: 56% of Voters Say Legalize Marijuana (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- “Can America Reduce its Prison Population?” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Probation and parole: a study in criminal justice dysfunction | Sadhbh Walshe (guardian.co.uk)