California spends $216,000 annually on each inmate in the juvenile justice system. It spends $8,000 on each child attending the Oakland public school system.

August 21st, 2009

I’m definitely not for the expansion of the public indoctrination and lobotomy system, but this is Batshit insanity of the highest order.

Via: New York Times:

It’s time for a fundamental re-evaluation of the criminal justice system, as legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Webb has called for, so that we’re no longer squandering money that would be far better spent on education or health. Consider a few facts:

The United States incarcerates people at nearly five times the world average. Of those sentenced to state prisons, 82 percent were convicted of nonviolent crimes, according to one study.

California spends $216,000 annually on each inmate in the juvenile justice system. In contrast, it spends only $8,000 on each child attending the troubled Oakland public school system, according to the Urban Strategies Council.

For most of American history, we had incarceration rates similar to those in other countries. Then with the “war on drugs” and the focus on law and order in the 1970s, incarceration rates soared.

One in 10 black men ages 25 to 29 were imprisoned last year, partly because possession of crack cocaine (disproportionately used in black communities) draws sentences equivalent to having 100 times as much powder cocaine. Black men in the United States have a 32 percent chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives, according to the Sentencing Project.

2 Responses to “California spends $216,000 annually on each inmate in the juvenile justice system. It spends $8,000 on each child attending the Oakland public school system.”

  1. RMOHANX Says:

    “..possession of crack cocaine
    (disproportionately used in black communities)
    draws sentences equivalent to having 100
    times as much powder cocaine….”

    You know who to thank for that? Guess.

    None other than Joe “I Am A Zionist” Biden.

    Really — he pushed and pushed and
    pushed and finally got/spearheaded his
    “jail the black man” legislations. Thousands
    if not hundreds of thousands of families
    were broken apart, at the cost of billions
    to the society, all while his WallStreet
    buddies could safely powersniff the powdered
    stuff up their noses in relative impunity.

    Add to that the fact that he was an original
    architect of the PATRIOT ACT (go back to
    OK City bombing times for their first try
    at getting that) and you have to wonder what
    the average voter is taking to make them so
    stupid and pliable.

    Oh, btw? Joe recently “realized his mistake”
    and pushed to repeal the asymmetrical
    sentencing, a QUARTER CENTURY after he put
    it into place.

    A quarter century of imprisonment policy…
    …for hundreds of thousands….so Joe
    and his disgusting family and lackies can
    sip champagne with the people who fund
    Mossad missions against this country. Lovely.

    I guess I am just another “angry white male”.

    Sheesh.

  2. oelsen Says:

    That killed my joy for this day for the next hour. Until I and myself will enjoy what nature gave us, muahahahaha…

    No, seriously. Punishing certain drugs more because of … what again? Higher addiction potential? How cruel any justification of that policy must be!

    But what do i want; i just met someone last week who wants all evil-doers (he not even considered by what standards he defines “evil doing”, just “those who went to prison”) dead by firing squad.

    Really.

    He wants Nazi-Style executions and c-camps and he f###ing lives in France!

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