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  •  Don't forget the economics. (7+ / 0-)

    Your chart shows imprisonment per 100,000 population. But it's rally "per 80,000 (workers)" because about a fifth of the country is under 16.

    This means that in 1924 we imprisoned 0.2% of our workforce.  Today it is 0.5%.

    That extra 0.3% comes off of our GDP. Those people are not working or paying taxes. They are actually costing double because we must pay for guards and concrete walls.

    I could understand if they were all felons. But it seems like a lot of them were pot smokers. It is not worth all this money to chase pot smokers.

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