The Real Crime

I’ve known for awhile that the United States imprisons more people than any other nation on the planet. What I didn’t know was just how severe the difference was:

After seeing the above chart, I started wondering what the rate of imprisonment was in this country, especially in the last 100 years or so, and came across this:

Then I thought: well, the prison system was designed to protect the rest of us from dangerous people. Right? So if the number of incarcerated Americans got nearly FIVE TIMES larger just since 1980, that must mean that the number of violent crimes should have gone up during that period as well to warrant so many incarcerations. Right? You following my logic here?

So I looked up the violent crime rates for the past two decades and found this:

That doesn’t seem to make sense, does it? So why are more and more people getting arrested and sent to jail? Then I read about this scandal that was posted in the news today:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/13/2011-10-13_excop_we_fabricated_drug_raps_for_quotas.html

It’s all about the money, people. Money, money, money. So why don’t any politicians talk about this? It costs taxpayers $35,000-50,000 a year PER INMATE per year. Seems like a massive waste, especially when innocent people are getting sent to the big house left and right.

That article has a poll on the right side that reads “Do you believe arrest quotas are a good thing?”

The results?

Take note, politicians. Reform our legal system NOW. And for those who have been naive enough to think that cops are really just public servants, I hope this straight-to-the-point post has tossed some gray into your black and white world. Policemen are businessmen… with guns. And if that doesn’t scare the shit out of you, it should. Think about firefighters. You don’t see them walking around the streets, axes in hand, searching for fires do you? No. You call THEM when YOU need help. If I somehow gain any kind of political power, I will do my best to make sure that the police force is utilized in the same exact way. Because they’re called public SERVANTS for a reason, but what they really are are public OPPRESSORS.

But hey. It’s good business, right?

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