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  •  California may be (2+ / 0-)
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    pardoning 40,000 soon. So to speak.

    "Moral high ground, meet mountain top removal." - David Kroning II

    by Miep on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 07:53:41 PM PST

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    •  I've been hearing that on the news (1+ / 0-)
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      I currently live in NoCal.  My understanding is much of the overcrowding is due to the 3 strikes law.  I also work w/homeless, a demographic often burdened with mental health problems.  Through that I've learned that because we, as a nation, have been cutting mental health funding for decades, many people w/mental health problems who do commit crimes that are rooted in their mental state just wind up being warehoused in prisons. (I think that sentence makes sense)

      And of course there's the whole non-violent drug offender and simple felony possession inmates as well.  What our "war on Drugs" hath wrought...

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