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February 6th, 2009
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Staying aware of how many of our people are in prison

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From:rmeidaking
Date:February 6th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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How would you solve the problem?
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From:netmouse
Date:February 7th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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As DDB mentioned, one serious contributor to the problem is the "war on drugs", which especially puts blacks in jail and subsequently on the path to prison (many of the laws against drugs were initially designed to target blacks, and they continue to do so).

I would definitely remove all laws about drugs in which the victim of the crime is oneself (possession of small personal amounts, ingestion without subsequent endangerment of others, operation of machinery, etc), and completely legalize marijuana including the selling of it, as well as other drugs in accordance with the findings of a panel of experts (which would need to be put together and based on physiologic effects of the drugs ( how addictive they are and how harmful) as well as the statistics indicating whether or not they are directly responsible for harm to others).
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