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Sharon - posted on 07/18/2010

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It proves to me that we need to utilize the death penalty with more frequency.

ME - posted on 07/18/2010

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There is little question that this is a serious problem in our country...a large # of people are incarcerated due to the failed war on drugs...we cannot afford to keep this (in reality) war on the poverty-stricken going! People worried about our federal budget should be DEMANDING an end to this failed policy immediately! This would lead to far few incarcerations, and would reduce crime rates overall...I will never understand why we continue to saddle ourselves with this dead weight...

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LaCi - posted on 07/22/2010

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Actually the war on drugs is a huge problem. We arrest more people for marijuana possession-JUST possession-than we arrest people for violent crimes. About 13% of people in prison are behind bars for marijuana. I don't think it's a statement of our effective crime control. It speaks loudly of how ridiculous our "war on drugs" is. Our prisons are overcrowded partially because we feel the need to put potheads behind bars. From 1993-when the real WAR (right) began, to 2006 our prison populations doubled. Since the DEA was created, it has increased by 500%. So no, I don't think it speaks of our crime fighting abilities, I think it speaks of prohibition.

Danielle - posted on 07/22/2010

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That's okay with me. At least the U.S. is DOING something about it's criminals.

Jane - posted on 07/19/2010

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Works fine for me...I don't do anything illegal and I don't go to jail, hence I'm not part of the percentage in jail.

Jackie - posted on 07/19/2010

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I tend to agree with Mary on this one. The war on drugs is a never ending battle and is doing more harm than good. You have people becoming institutionallized because they went to jail at a young age for selling some pot. By the time they get out, they know no other way to live. Once your in the system, it's hard to get out. For instance, you get out of prison and you make one mistake, you go back to prison and it's a never ending cycle. One small drug offence can destroy your life. The gov't will not lift the prohibition because it's makes too much money being illegal.

LaCi - posted on 07/18/2010

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Hows it working out for me? I just don't go anywhere and hope no one ever breaks down my door looking for one of my neighbors and shooting my two year old in the process...

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