Friday, August 2, 2013
Today, the first cracks of daylight on ending the War on Drugs and the Big Money behind private prisons happened in California. A Federal mandate is in place and has been upheld forcing the early release of 10,000 inmates in California prisons.
Overcrowding in the Golden State prison system has been around 150% of capacity for years and now the limits to growth in the Prison Industry may have reached the limits to what California taxpayers are willing to fund. The United States has for years been very hard on crime and willing to pay the price if incarceration for lengthy sentences. State legislators haven't been bashful about putting the costs squarely on the backs of taxpayers while they beat their chests about making the world a safer place. Forget about all the faux and real crime the War on Drugs has brought to the fore over the last 40 years and the insane costs of prosecuting this fiasco.
Idaho had a great opportunity to get a new prison built at no cost but the catch was the legislature had to promise to keep the place at 90% capacity for the next 20 years. The costs of incarceration for minor offences has escalated to the point taxpayers are less than willing to fund these kinds of dubious deals. Canyon County got a jail bond election shoved back at them three times during the administration of Sheriff Chris Smith.
With this latest ruling about overcrowding in California we may see the beginning of the end of the War on Drugs. They can start by dealing with marijuana convictions and letting those offenders out first.
Put the people who are a danger to society behind bars and figure out something else for minor offenders.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 7:48 PM