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?
Waste of money. They shouldn't be in jail unless the drugs led to violence of some kind.
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.
Drug crimes should not be crimes. Costs too much money for the "war on drugs" If people wanna screw up their lives, let em.
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
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.
Those drugs will ruin your life! So were going to imprison you for 10 years and ruin your life! (That'll teach em)
How can a society make the claim to be a free society when we imprison people for crimes that have No victims?
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.
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
True. You can't even overdose via normal ingestion yet alcohol is legal, it's ridiculous.
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.
Both of those things would also cost money, just an FYI.
You're joking, yes?
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.
That was a really stupid comment. That situation has never and will never happen.
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?
They both are already on the street.
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.
Not let in with a disability?
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
Simple possession - let them go. Driving under the influence, violence, etc. keep them locked up.
Anyone have a price comparison jail vs rehab?
"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.
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.
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.
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.
I know a recovering drug addict. Being thrown in jail is the best thing that ever happened to him.
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.
I think doing drugs already ruined their future.
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.
Release all the ones in for marijuana. Its a weed, not a crime.
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?
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.
Sentence them to a ton of community service.
That's not a bad idea, every state could use a little cleaning up
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.
I know what you mean, I've seen old folks homes that don't offer as much as prisons do, it's sickening
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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....
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.
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...
Non-violent offenses? Let 'em go. They just wanna get high.
Violent offenses? Sit your ass down, you can't be trusted.
Fuck that, make them work in agriculture during the day, we need farmers and Get rid of their benefits.
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.
Please don't ever reproduce. Holy Hell your comment is disturbing.
No it's not. It makes a lot of sense.
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.
The war on drugs is working pretty good. It took me almost an hour to find a bag of pot yesterday!
Took my and my friends two minutes to text and 10 minutes to drive and deal.
That's why you have your main dealer and then a couple of back ups lol
Or just grow your own.
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.
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.
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.
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
@Matt1981 Which year will you be running for President?
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?
Vote for Matt! Ill start on making the posters!
I could be the first president to toke up during the inauguration.
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.??
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.
People are so bitter about aid; yet don't seem to see the light
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.
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!
An eye for an eye.
Capital punishment is for murder only.
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.
Or we could put everyone in general population equally. Might even work out really well who knows!
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.
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...
Why can't we just get rid of the minor offenders. It would scare people into not committing crimes.
Release them all in Chicago. They only had 9 murders there this weekend.
We're taking drugs, not murders. You high?
Many murders are a result of the drugs.
Ok, you're talking about drug related MURDERS. That's different.
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...
Housing non violent drug offenders is not fiscal conservative
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
Have you ever lived in Any other country?
Actually yeah, but I don't know what that has to do with anything.
Hypocrites are a universal constant. Not a unique phenomena to America.
Not ALL of them.
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.
The poor suffer the most when anything happens......because they're poor.
Yeah, cause GOP is the party of freedom while they love filling up our prisons.
Rudy Giuliani cleaned up New York by strict enforcement of laws, even minor ones.
I am sure some could be let go. I would keep the violent ones.
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
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.
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.
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.
Why would they care about access to kids unless the kids are drug dealers?
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.
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.
The question said releasing them ALL, that includes the dealers who would love to make your kids customers.
Maybe you should teach your kids some sense then huh?
My kids have more sense than to think society would be better off by turning all drug dealers loose in the streets.
Let them go unless they have violence charges as well. We all know prohibition doesn't work.
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.
Why don't we just kill them and lock up more drug dealers?
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
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
Don't need drug dealers on the streets
That's right! There is a special place in jail fo thm
Do street dealers peddle tequila, rum, Tylenol, or anything like that?
Too much gray area, can't say yes or no specifically without knowing each crime circumstance.
Because it is a crime! When you arrest a murderer is that all of a sudden condemn as "big government"? No
Oops that was suppose to be a reply.
How do GOP say they are for less government and more freedom but they support the war on drugs and criminalization of marijuana?
It's easy, you have the freedom to do what they say you should do
So killing someone and getting high are the same thing?
Okay you can change murder to theft, if you wish.
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
Illegal drugs! Like pot, meth, etc
So in other words it is not big government to enforce the law.
Too general a question, you definitely need to review the crimes and have room for violent criminals
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.
Sounds good to me
Oh come on! Imagine if our founders did that during the Revolutionary War!
Rebel, I am going to eat dinner, before round 2. Lol
You and I are done on the issue friend, we've said it all
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.
Or prosecuting real crimes