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  •  For-profit prisons (22+ / 0-)

    For-profit prisons are a conflict of interest. The owners directly benefit financially from putting more and more people in prison. Better to have a system of government prisons, where the state has incentives not to put people into prison.

    And even if it were desirable to rid the country of marijuana, it just doesn't work, so the billions we spend on trying to stop it, the billions we pay imprisoning people for it, and all the lives ruined by the war on drugs are all for absolutely nothing.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 07:01:18 AM PDT

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    •  Gov. still has incentives to imprison people. (0+ / 0-)

      Even if we got rid of for-profit prisons, there would still be plenty of people in government with incentives to imprison people.

      When a CA ballot initiative tried to legalize pot last year, the prison guards union was one of the biggest opponents.   Legal pot => less crime => fewer criminals => fewer prisons => fewer prison guards.  Can't let that happen.

      Candidates can always pick up some cheap votes by promising Law and Order.

      Lots of private companies make a lot of money building and supplying even government run prisons.

      Results count for more than intentions do.

      by VA Classical Liberal on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 08:56:38 AM PDT

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