Solve the prison problem? My solution is to decriminalize victimless crimes. Prisons are for people who are a threat to society. Lock a murderer up, because I don`t want him killing me next. Lock up a rapist. Prisons are appropriate for grand theft and armed robbery. Prisons are for crimes that pose a threat to you and I. There are other crimes that merit prison sentences, but that`s the gist of it.
Legalize prostitution and drug use. What two adults do to have sex is neither any of my business, nor a crime worthy of clogging the justice system. Criminalize the negative side effects of prostitution, such as human trafficking and abuse. Criminalizing prostitution because of the side effects is like criminalizing marraige because of spousal abuse. Legalize drug use. I`ve never even touched a cigarette, much less anything worse. Coffee is my drug of choice. Drug users, at least marijuana, aren`t hurting anyone any more than cigarette smokers and drinkers. Prosecuting them and sending them to prison is a waste of resources.
The justice system needs to pretend it`s a business. It needs to streamline. It needs to get its priorities in order and use its limited resources to the best effect. If you only have space for one million inmates, make sure you house all of the dangerous offenders before you start prosecuting victimless moral crimes that really shouldn`t be on the books to begin with.
Legalize drugs and prostitution, regulate them, and tax the hell out of them. You clear out prison space that`s desperately needed, and you convert all the money you would`ve SPENT on prosecuting, into money EARNED via taxes. It`s a win win situation. People will do drugs and buy hookers regardless. You might as well make it safe and make it profitable.
By legalizing these sorts of crimes, you also remove the black market aspect from acquiring them. Remember what the prohibition did for alcohol consumption? It made it underground, it increased violence, and led to a flood of organized crime. If you make these activities legal, you`ll put a big damper on gang activity and organized crime. Prostitutes are often victims of crime, but fear going to the police because they`ll land in jail as well. If they were legal, then we could prosecute the people who rape and assault them. Seems like a better use of resources, to me. Catch the real criminals.
Opium and marijuana were only illegalized in the first place for racial/economic reasons anyway. Opium was out of fear of the Chinese, marijuana was to keep an economic superiority over Mexico and Central America. There`s a reason that tobacco is still legal - it was our crop. We weren`t interested in crushing substance abuse of drugs produced primarily in the good old US of A. We didn`t like the Chinese and we feared opium was corrupting the white women. We didn`t like Mexicans. We illegalized the drugs that weren`t popular with the white gentleman that ran the country. The laws were flawed from inception. Then Reagan came in and made the situation into a money pit called the war on drugs, and well, the economy wasn`t happy about that.
MattTurpin2/24/2009 5:07 PM
Making limitless possibilities much more limited.