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Confessed criminal and coke fiend Troy Radel, fresh from a month in rehab, quietly returned to the House of Representatives yesterday (under the generous cover provided by Gov. Christie's "Bridge? What bridge?" troubles) beginning, as such comeback tours often do, with a Vitteresque tear-jerker with Republican colleagues behind closed doors in the capitol basement.

“I’m thankful I had that opportunity, but I have a whole lot to do to make amends,” said Radel, who returned to Congress this week after a month of rehabilitation. “It felt good to talk with them. It felt good, it really did. I know there’s still a long way to go with my country and constituents, and especially with my family, but it felt good.”

I feel good Rep. Radel feels good. You feel good? Good.

Meanwhile...

(Drug Offenders in US Prisons 2012)
Federal: On Dec. 31, 2012, there were 196,574 sentenced prisoners under federal jurisdiction. Of these, 99,426 were serving time for drug offenses, 11,688 for violent offenses, 11,568 for property offenses, and 72,519 for "public order" offenses (of which 23,700 were sentenced for immigration offenses, 30,046 for weapons offenses, and 17,633 for "other").

State: On Dec. 31, 2011, there were 1,341,797 sentenced prisoners under state jurisdiction. Of these, 222,738 were serving time for drug offenses, of whom 55,013 were merely convicted for possession. There were also 717,861 serving time for violent offenses, 249,574 for property offenses, 142,230 for "public order" offenses (which include weapons, drunk driving, court offenses, commercialized vice, morals and decency offenses, liquor law violations, and other public-order offenses), and 9,392 for "other/unspecified".

- See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/...

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