LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country with the largest prison population in the world, and that includes Russia and China. Of the 2.5M prisoners currently incarcerated, only 22% committed violent crimes. The remaining 2M are serving time for non-violent crimes, primarily drug related, that carry mandatory sentences. Even more outrageous than our huge prison population is the cost involved in keeping them jailed. We, the taxpayers, are currently spending in excess of 200B a year to house, feed, clothe and provide medical treatment to inmates at an average annual cost of 31K per prisoner. Ironically, our average expense per year for educating our children is a miserly 13K per student.
Tricky Dick Nixon’s plan to curtail black voting, dubbed “The War on Drugs” by the media, was an abject failure from the get go regarding drug trafficking. However it did create our enormous prison population with non-violent offenders and took a lot of people Nixon considered “undesirables” off the voting rolls. Unfortunately the white supremacist currently occupying the AG’s office in Washington wants to do away with President Obama’s efforts to ease the grossly unfair situation created by “The War on Drugs” via mandatory minimum sentencing, and bring it back on board by demanding U.S. prosecutors seek maximum sentencing in all their cases.
This is just one more classic example of pure Republican greed. President Obama canceled the federal government’s contracts with “for profit” prisons because of extremely poor performance ratings. AG Sessions immediately contracted for more “for profit” prisons to house the expanded prison population he plans to create with his new attack. “For profit” prisons not only get paid for housing inmates, they hire them out as forced labor, pay them nothing and keep all the profits from their work. The more inmates, the more money. No wonder they contributed so much money to Cheeto’s campaign and AG Sessions is making sure they get paid to play!
The 2018 mid term elections need to be a total Republican blood bath. We cannot afford to let their unbridled avarice bring down our nation.