With so many of our citizens in prison compared with the rest of the world, there are only two possibilities: Either we are home to the most evil people on earth or we are doing something different--and vastly counterproductive. Obviously, the answer is the latter.Read the whole article here.
Justice statistics also show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses.... And although experts have found little statistical difference among racial groups regarding actual drug use, African-Americans--who make up about 12% of the total U.S. population--accounted for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted, and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison.
March 30, 2009
Why We Must Fix Our Prisons
Senator Jim Webb wrote a piece for Parade Magazine: