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Show Of Hands July 7th, 2013 1:03pm

Roughly 350,000 people are in U.S. Federal or State prisons for drug crimes. Socially and economically, would society be better off releasing them all, or keeping them locked up?

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aj1545 Cat Lady
07/14/13 10:32 pm

Waste of money. They shouldn't be in jail unless the drugs led to violence of some kind.

lostpoet New Mexico
07/14/13 4:28 pm

let em go. we're wasting millions of dollars to keep them safe, warm and fed. I say let them go, they'll either reform or overdose. either way, they will no longer be a burden on taxpayers.

Truckerman77
07/12/13 7:22 am

Drug crimes should not be crimes. Costs too much money for the "war on drugs" If people wanna screw up their lives, let em.

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luxor135
07/11/13 10:38 pm

Take an Econ class, decreasing supply increases demand and price making more money go into the black market and preventing it from going Into the white market

toadocean Salt Lake City, UT
07/10/13 2:49 pm

We're all payin for either way. At least in prison I don't have to stare at em hangin out at 7-11. :) mojo?? Maybe let em go... Meth??? He'll no! Leave em there.

blakedanjr Huntington Beach, CA
07/10/13 11:25 am

Those drugs will ruin your life! So were going to imprison you for 10 years and ruin your life! (That'll teach em)

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krayzewolf New Hampshire
07/10/13 12:09 pm

Exactly This.

How can a society make the claim to be a free society when we imprison people for crimes that have No victims?

MURICA!

Spiritof76 USA 1776
07/10/13 8:52 am

The Government and many of those in power today have gone into the business of trying to keep everyone safe...from themselves. Think how much taxpayer money is wasted everyday in the courts and prisons chasing after non-violent drug users.

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13yrOldGamer The Awesome
07/09/13 8:03 pm

Weed should be legal in all states . I googled the effects and its not that bad . So release them . But keep the crack heads and heroin addicts in jail

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aj1545 Cat Lady
07/14/13 10:33 pm

True. You can't even overdose via normal ingestion yet alcohol is legal, it's ridiculous.

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:07 am

Since we can't have criminals running around and it's to expensive to keep them locked up, I think the best thing to do would be to get rid of them all. We could deport them all or just euthanize them all.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/09/13 10:16 am

Both of those things would also cost money, just an FYI.

Truckerman77
07/12/13 7:25 am

so if someone didnt like you and knocked you over the head and put drugs in your system and said hey cops! drughead here come and get em! you would be ok with that? dont think it wouldnt happen.

glyiker America
07/12/13 3:34 pm

That was a really stupid comment. That situation has never and will never happen.

wingman646 Jacksonville
07/09/13 9:37 am

Right, cause that's just what America needs right now: illegal aliens and drug runners on every street corner in the US. People are retarded. for those of you that said let em go, they can bunk with you until they get back on their feet, how about that?

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Truckerman77
07/12/13 7:26 am

They both are already on the street.

tdubbs12
07/08/13 9:40 pm

Release them all into Mexico. Why not we pretty mucho get the same except the Mexican government has much stricter border laws and would require them all to speak Spanish. Also, if any of them has a disability they will not be let into Mexico.

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craizer
07/10/13 11:46 am

Oh yeah. Mexican immigration laws are pretty strict. I think what America needs is to copy theirs, make a few minor changes, and stamp them US law

hapiotter3
07/08/13 5:48 pm

Simple possession - let them go. Driving under the influence, violence, etc. keep them locked up.

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corino Utah
07/08/13 12:09 pm

Anyone have a price comparison jail vs rehab?

freeedom New Hampshire
07/08/13 2:58 pm

"It costs $34,135 per year to house an average prisoner, but $68,270 per year to house a prisoner 50 and older" (realcostofprisons.org).

A friend of mine just got out of rehab, $13,000, but there are cheaper options out there.

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:08 am

It doesn't matter anyway, jail will always work better than rehab. In rehab your are basically on a 5 month vacation. We need to make our jails harsher.

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:08 am

It doesn't matter anyway, jail will always work better than rehab. In rehab your are basically on a 5 month vacation. We need to make our jails harsher.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/09/13 10:16 am

Gly; do you have facts to back that up because I'm almost positive you're wrong. If you think rehab is a vacation then you must only be watching celebrity rehab.

prettylazy
07/08/13 11:58 am

Non violent drug offenders? Let them go. If the only one they are hurting is themselves, putting them in prison and ruining their future isn't going to help them any. Someone who got high and did something harmful? Yeah keep them locked up.

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corino Utah
07/08/13 12:08 pm

I know a recovering drug addict. Being thrown in jail is the best thing that ever happened to him.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/08/13 1:27 pm

Corino, that's good that jail worked for that person but my mother and uncle have both gone to jail for meth at least three times a piece and they are still both worthless junkies :( I would rather myself and other tax payers not waste the money.

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:10 am

I think doing drugs already ruined their future.

Nukimo NC Dreaming of Far Away
07/08/13 10:34 am

Non-violent victims of a totally Bulls..t "War on Drugs" ie: misdemeanor possession marijuana, cocaine, prescription drunk addicts...Let 'em Go 'stead using to fill "For-Profit" Jails/Prisons!
Legalize, downsize the DEA & then focus on Real Bad Guys.

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cowboy Dawns Highway
07/08/13 10:22 am

Release all the ones in for marijuana. Its a weed, not a crime.

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skittlesucker
07/08/13 11:54 am

Do you really want to arrest and imprison someone for heroin, cocaine or meth? Wouldn't it be far more practical to either send them to rehab, house arrest or just let them die for making choices that everyone knows will end up bad?

cowboy Dawns Highway
07/08/13 12:00 pm

Yes. There is no rehab for destroying your brain. They are a danger to society. People addicted to that stuff will kill their own grandmother for another hit. Keep them locked up.

baskins The Foothills
07/08/13 7:34 am

Sentence them to a ton of community service.

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FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/08/13 1:28 pm

That's not a bad idea, every state could use a little cleaning up

am1ndavis Illinois
07/08/13 6:55 am

Prisons have become a form of social welfare. Commit a crime have a bed, food, health insurance better than most of us. Lost liberties yes but when you have no money or future is it all that different. Addicts will do drugs legal or not.

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FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/08/13 1:29 pm

I know what you mean, I've seen old folks homes that don't offer as much as prisons do, it's sickening

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:12 am

Jails need to be harsher. They are like hotels. For all I care, we could get rid of the beds. All we need are four walls for a prisoner.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
07/08/13 6:50 am

Lets be honest...most of these people are not good people (not bc of their drug use). That being said, it's not worth it to keep them jailed. Plus I don't think personal drug use should be a crime anyway.

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skittlesucker
07/08/13 6:17 am

We have more people in jail per 100,000 people than any other nation on earth, including Russia and China. I find it hard to believe that jailing is the answer. For victimless crimes wouldn't rehab or house arrest be better/cheaper?

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bombshell13 ohio
07/08/13 5:54 am

Prisons are a business. More and more privately owned prisons are being opened to house inmates with non violent crimes. It's messed up but if someone is making money off of them, then there would always be a need to arrest.

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bombshell13 ohio
07/08/13 5:52 am

Prisons are a business. More and more private prisons are being opened to house inmates with non violent crimes. It's messed up but people who commit mon violent crimes will always be locked up if someone is making money off of them.

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andrew2052 New York
07/08/13 3:50 am

Lets think about this 350,000 in jail for drugs. If we release them every single one of them will at least influence one person to do drugs and so forth....

torstrum
07/08/13 9:20 am

What study shows that drug users are why people do drugs? Thy wouldnt be that big an influence, most drug users just use drugs, they're not coming for your children.

andrew2052 New York
07/09/13 4:58 am

I think it's common sense. You release drug users, drug dealers...You will have a increase in crime and the amount of people that do drugs. Just like criminals. You release them more crime...

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
07/08/13 1:03 am

Non-violent offenses? Let 'em go. They just wanna get high.
Violent offenses? Sit your ass down, you can't be trusted.

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albe Florida
07/08/13 12:19 am

Fuck that, make them work in agriculture during the day, we need farmers and Get rid of their benefits.

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kaelynn
07/07/13 11:10 pm

Keep them in jail. BUT everyone who has a life sentence with no hope of getting out; death. Why keep them around and pay for someone to sit in a cage all day for years and years? Get rid of them. If they are a murderer or a molester they can die.

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Congressman Louisiana
07/07/13 11:53 pm

Please don't ever reproduce. Holy Hell your comment is disturbing.

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:16 am

I think we should get rid of all criminals. Not like parking tickets and other petty things, I am talking about real criminals. Like anybody who commits assault or robbery can be put down for all I car. It would make society a better place.

freeedom New Hampshire
07/07/13 8:38 pm

The war on drugs is working pretty good. It took me almost an hour to find a bag of pot yesterday!

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Baldwin Golden State of Mind
07/07/13 10:01 pm

Took my and my friends two minutes to text and 10 minutes to drive and deal.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/08/13 1:32 pm

That's why you have your main dealer and then a couple of back ups lol

gpmino Florida
07/07/13 8:18 pm

If the drug in question is marijuana, yeah, let 'em go. Anything more, ahem, hardcore than that though, say, cocaine or something, and they should be behind bars.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/07/13 8:26 pm

If they are pushers who seduce others to take drugs yes.
Otherwise, users only hurt themselves.
A hefty fine instead of paying to house them brings money into the state's coffers.
If they go to jail they'll lose their job and become even more of a burden. Fines are really win-win.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
07/07/13 9:01 pm

Jailing a drug offender only makes them more lost. Why would you punish someone for using drugs instead of offering them information, help, support, and rehabilitation? They are a drain on the tax payers and UR not preventing future abuse.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
07/07/13 9:05 pm

Legalize them all. Unclog our jails, stop taking tax payers money 2 house innocent people, stop the organized crime, reduce the murder rate, reduce political corruption, help control disease spreading, stop the dying from bad drugs Legalize regulate

Baldwin Golden State of Mind
07/07/13 10:05 pm

@Matt1981 Which year will you be running for President?

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
07/07/13 11:39 pm

Portugal decriminalized and focused on educating and helping drug users. Their economy flourished and in 10 years time drug abuse dropped by 50% across the country. How could you deny that our system is flawed and people are incarcerated unfairly?

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/08/13 1:33 pm

Vote for Matt! Ill start on making the posters!

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
07/08/13 6:51 pm

I could be the first president to toke up during the inauguration.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/07/13 7:25 pm

You know what might be good is to put like crimes in same prisons with exceptions of course...
Murderers with murderers and child molesters.

Drug dealers with drug dealers

They'll all take care of each other.??

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sailrealvty Downtown
07/07/13 7:32 pm

Holy smoke I want to say I remember reading or watching that it costs $30,000 per prisoner. Taxes pay for their room, board, health care, jobs, college, job training etc. Holy smoke they get more benefits than folks who commit no crime at all.

sailrealvty Downtown
07/07/13 7:36 pm

People are so bitter about aid; yet don't seem to see the light

Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/07/13 7:38 pm

Yes, but then of course child molesters with child molesters only.
As horrible as the crime is, I'm against any kind of double standard.

brharper13 New York
07/07/13 8:07 pm

30K is the non clinically insane too. Mentally ill can range from 60K-250K. I think anyone with a conscience can agree that child molesters deserve capital punishment. We're one of the few countries that doesn't use it for extreme cases, but our population isn't growing or anything so why bother!

Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/07/13 8:28 pm

No.
An eye for an eye.
Capital punishment is for murder only.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/07/13 9:32 pm

Actually, while child molestation is AT LEAST as bad as rape, I think rape is more evil.
A pedophile harms children but doesn't always intend to while a rapist could have legal sex without instilling fear and inflicting harm on women. Rape is PURE evil.

Wycliff Huntington Beach, CA
07/07/13 9:38 pm

Or we could put everyone in general population equally. Might even work out really well who knows!

Praetorianus Fair enough.
07/07/13 7:24 pm

The land of the free has one of the highest per capita jail pop.
I'm in favor of either legalizing all victimless offenses or sentence to fines not jail.

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TheAntiLib Putnam County, NY
07/07/13 7:18 pm

Let out the minor offenders without the option of collecting any form of welfare for 2 years. You can probably lay off 3500 CO's. Also about 2B in food cost. Think of all the other costs associated with this...

glyiker America
07/09/13 10:17 am

Why can't we just get rid of the minor offenders. It would scare people into not committing crimes.

danno9
07/07/13 7:13 pm

Release them all in Chicago. They only had 9 murders there this weekend.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 7:18 pm

We're taking drugs, not murders. You high?

danno9
07/07/13 7:59 pm

Many murders are a result of the drugs.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 8:02 pm

Ok, you're talking about drug related MURDERS. That's different.

DaKernal Colorado
07/07/13 6:46 pm

Lets see...should we release 350,000 people, most of whom have few if any skills to help better society, or should we let them serve their sentence...

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Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 6:58 pm

Housing non violent drug offenders is not fiscal conservative

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 6:22 pm

We lock drug users and dealers while our government invented the crack game back in the 80s. Only in America where that kind of hypocrisy is ignored

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Torfin Never Behind
07/07/13 7:19 pm

Have you ever lived in Any other country?

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 8:03 pm

Actually yeah, but I don't know what that has to do with anything.

Torfin Never Behind
07/09/13 7:23 pm

Hypocrites are a universal constant. Not a unique phenomena to America.

roybiker12
07/07/13 5:54 pm

It is the poor & people in poor neighborhoods who will be the ones who suffer the most when the people who the Democrats want released come back into society.

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scottstots Georgia
07/07/13 6:00 pm

The poor suffer the most when anything happens......because they're poor.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 6:23 pm

Yeah, cause GOP is the party of freedom while they love filling up our prisons.

roybiker12
07/07/13 5:51 pm

Rudy Giuliani cleaned up New York by strict enforcement of laws, even minor ones.

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huskermedic Cincinnati
07/07/13 5:49 pm

I am sure some could be let go. I would keep the violent ones.

scottstots Georgia
07/07/13 5:47 pm

Too many people believe that "illegal" drugs can't be used responsibly. If someone's only "crime" is using drugs, I would submit that they have not committed a crime at all

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mcdkm Houston
07/07/13 5:24 pm

For those who want to let them go they can come live in your neighborhood with all the issues they bring with them and have access to your kids.

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FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/07/13 5:42 pm

My family is full of various types of drug addicts (including harder drugs) and none of them has ever endangered children.
Also there are probably tons of drug addicts living right next to you, not everyone puts there drug lives out in the open.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/07/13 5:44 pm

I don't agree with my family using hard drugs, they do stupid things like forget to come to a birthday party but never as stupid as selling their meth or pills to kids or getting doped up and driving around neighborhood parks.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 5:44 pm

Why would they care about access to kids unless the kids are drug dealers?

Rosebud Ohio
07/07/13 5:48 pm

Super, you're lucky. Several I know have endangered kids, from birth defects and adoption (unfit to parent, she's lucky for it though) because of their addiction to an open bag of heroin between their toddlers car seats.

dflem Arizona
07/07/13 5:54 pm

You wouldn't believe the amount of functioning drug addicts amongst us. Lets not forget prescription pills are a drug and many of your coworkers and neighbors pop a few everyday and then drive to work.

mcdkm Houston
07/07/13 6:03 pm

The question said releasing them ALL, that includes the dealers who would love to make your kids customers.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
07/07/13 6:06 pm

Maybe you should teach your kids some sense then huh?

mcdkm Houston
07/07/13 6:12 pm

My kids have more sense than to think society would be better off by turning all drug dealers loose in the streets.

badattitude no place like home
07/07/13 5:23 pm

Let them go unless they have violence charges as well. We all know prohibition doesn't work.

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rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/07/13 5:37 pm

Actually many Americans have no idea about the implications of Prohibitionism and black markets. They are totally ignorant to the fact that their viewpoint is the problem.

JakeforKing hopelessly liberal
07/07/13 5:00 pm

Why don't we just kill them and lock up more drug dealers?

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Idahologger up north
07/07/13 4:59 pm

so awesome that the majority of democrats say the criminals go, but on the other hand go ahead and make gun laws stricter for law abiding/non-criminals. You folks amaze me

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Apex swimming in the sky
07/08/13 10:05 pm

drug users hurt themselves, guns aren't drugs. you would be happy if everyone walked around with a cannon or a full machine in their backs. Murika

sukiemac Michigan
07/07/13 4:55 pm

Don't need drug dealers on the streets

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:57 pm

That's right! There is a special place in jail fo thm

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/07/13 5:38 pm

Do street dealers peddle tequila, rum, Tylenol, or anything like that?

ThomasK
07/07/13 4:50 pm

Too much gray area, can't say yes or no specifically without knowing each crime circumstance.

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political Georgia
07/07/13 4:50 pm

Because it is a crime! When you arrest a murderer is that all of a sudden condemn as "big government"? No

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:50 pm

Oops that was suppose to be a reply.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 4:28 pm

How do GOP say they are for less government and more freedom but they support the war on drugs and criminalization of marijuana?

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scottstots Georgia
07/07/13 4:39 pm

It's easy, you have the freedom to do what they say you should do

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:50 pm

Because it is a crime! When you arrest a murderer is that all of a sudden condemn as "big government"? No

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 4:53 pm

So killing someone and getting high are the same thing?

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:54 pm

Okay you can change murder to theft, if you wish.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/07/13 4:57 pm

But drugs are legal via prescription. I don't understand why you're equating drugs with murder and theft. We're free to smoke cigs, get drunk but not high unless a dr. says we can? Lol freedumb

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:58 pm

Illegal drugs! Like pot, meth, etc

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:59 pm

So in other words it is not big government to enforce the law.

sher416
07/07/13 4:11 pm

Too general a question, you definitely need to review the crimes and have room for violent criminals

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Congressman Louisiana
07/07/13 4:05 pm

We've wasted more money on the "war on drugs" as we'll as lives of our officers and bystanders. We will never win this war on morality. If people want to smoke pot, shoot heroin, or smoke crack in their own home let them.

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political Georgia
07/07/13 4:10 pm

Giving up?

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:18 pm

Oh come on! Imagine if our founders did that during the Revolutionary War!

political Georgia
07/07/13 4:19 pm

Rebel, I am going to eat dinner, before round 2. Lol

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/07/13 4:22 pm

You and I are done on the issue friend, we've said it all

WhatsThatSmell Florida
07/07/13 4:02 pm

Depending on the drug...let em go. Why waste billions of dollars on these guys when that money could be better spent looking for the traffickers.

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rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/07/13 4:17 pm

Or prosecuting real crimes