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  •  In California when I moved here in 1975 (3+ / 0-)
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    California’s prison population has grown from 20,028 in 1975 to 167,264 in 2010 (an
    increase of approximately 735%).1 During that same time period, California’s overall
    population grew from 21,537,000 to 36,961,664 (an increase of roughly 72%).2
    1 California Prisoners 1974-1975: Summary Statistics of Felon Prisoners and Parolees (Health and Welfare Agency
    Department of Corrections Policy and Planning Division Management Information Section 1975),
    Some part of the increase has come from a move away from ignoring domestic violence among other crimes, but the vast majority of the increase has come from longer sentences and drug crime prosecutions.

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man..." Robbie Robertson

    by NearlyNormal on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:12:10 PM PDT

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    •  The number if persons incarcerated is disgusting (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not arguing that point. Incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses is a tragedy in this country.

      I was just saying the graph would be more illustrative if it were shown as a percentage of the population.


      ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

      by NoFortunateSon on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 04:36:12 PM PDT

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      •  I think its important to see it both ways (0+ / 0-)

        as a percentage, and then the staggering numbers of actual people.

        "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man..." Robbie Robertson

        by NearlyNormal on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 06:50:16 PM PDT

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