ORIGINS OF DEFICITS?

Published January 23, 2015 by wallacedarwin

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PRISONLAND: USA RANKS TOPS IN WORLD; MORE PRISON ROOMS THAN COLLEGE ROOMS? 😦 IN CALIFORNIA MORE PRISONS THAN LIBRARIES? :'(:-$

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/01/23/prison-population-larger-than-college-housing/

When it comes to combating crime (instead of packing the prisons like GOP states do), Democratic states having been cutting incarceration rates AND crime rates. The top 10 states for the most dramatic incarceration and crime reduction (in terms of a correlation to each other) are:

California with a 25% reduction in imprisonment and an 11% reduction in crime
Hawaii, with a 23% reduction in imprisonment and a 14% reduction in crime
Rhode Island with a 19% reduction in imprisonment and a 13% reduction in crime
Colorado with a 19% reduction in imprisonment and a 17% reduction in crime
Connecticut with a 17% reduction in imprisonment and a 20% reduction in crime
New Jersey with a 16% reduction in imprisonment and a 17% reduction in crime
Alaska with a 15% reduction in imprisonment and a 2% reduction in crime
South Carolina with 14% reduction in imprisonment and a 17% reduction in crime
Maryland with a 12% reduction in imprisonment and a 24% reduction in crime
New York with a 12% reduction in imprisonment and 7% reduction in crime
Of these 10 states, who have reduced the overall crime rate by 13%, 8 voted Democrat in the last election.

According to Vox:

One study found that sentences in the United States for burglary are about three times longer than sentences in England for the same crime.

The disparity is even bigger for drug cases. A first-time offender convicted of possessing a kilogram of heroin could get 4 months of prison in England. In America, the federal mandatory minimum sentence is 10 years.

Therein lies the problem, America. We say that we can’t afford to pay for anything related to college for students, but we seemingly can fund prisoners without a problem.

Excerpted
1/23/15

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