Saturday, March 28, 2009

I Fav Senator James Webb, Proposes A Prisoner Swap

Senator James Webb (D) Virginia, writing for Parade Magazine.

It's time to change the law

By Senator Jim Webb
Publication Date 3/29/2009

We need to fix the system. Doing so will require a major nationwide recalculation of who goes to prison and for how long and of how we address the long-term consequences of incarceration.

Senator James Webb proposes, instead of incarcerating nonviolent criminal offenders, that we focus on violent criminal offenders. This sounds reasonable to me, this article states, it cost the American Tax Payer 68 Billion a year to warehouse all the people we have in prison currently. The American Taxpayer sure could use a break. Senator Webb doesn't mention the Literacy Rate among the same incarcerated population. How many came from Single Parent homes? I want to know more, like who has invested the most money in American Prisons? Who is making money from American Prisons? I am not pointing a finger. I would like to know more, now that Senator Webb has brought up the subject. These are interesting statistics and they are having a stunning effect, on our American Society as a whole.


Justice statistics also show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses. Additionally, nearly 60% of the people in state prisons serving time for a drug offense had no history of violence or of any significant selling activity. Indeed, four out of five drug arrests were for possession of illegal substances, while only one out of five was for sales. Three-quarters of the drug offenders in our state prisons were there for nonviolent or purely drug 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.

Against this backdrop of chaos and mismanagement, a dangerous form of organized and sometimes deadly gang activity has infiltrated America's towns and cities. It comes largely from our country's southern border, and much of the criminal activity centers around the movement of illegal drugs. The weapons and tactics involved are of the highest order.

The Mexican drug cartels, whose combined profits are estimated at $25 billion a year, are known to employ many elite former soldiers who were trained in some of America's most sophisticated military programs. Their brutal tactics took the lives of more than 6000 Mexicans last year alone, and the bloodshed has been spilling over the border into our own neighborhoods at a rapid pace. One terrible result is that Phoenix, Ariz., has become the kidnapping capital of the United States, with more than 370 cases in 2008. That is more incidents than in any other city in the world outside of Mexico City. Keep Reading Here.


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