with freedom comes the freedom to commit crime

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In www.vocative.com, Carla Ulbrich made a comment that for reason of profit in the USA, particularly with the ongoing privatization of American prisons, people in the USA are "imprisoned for very minor offenses", and for very long periods of time.<br />
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One example I can think of is given in an episode of the 2008 TV series "Parole Board", shown on the Biography Channel. A woman was denied parole in the American state of Wisconsin because she had received a jailhouse felony arrest after report one year before her parole hearing that she received a moment of consensual pleasure from her cell mate. In the USA, if a woman in prison is denied parole because of having had alleged moments of pleasure with another woman, or because of having had alleged moments of solitary pleasure for that matter, typically the wait for the next parole hearing is 3 years, but it can be as long as 25 years. The prison system part of the legal industry in the USA receives $25,000 per year per prisoner, so by keeping a prisoner in for the typical extra 3 years, a prison's parole board can makes an additional $75,000 for the prison.<br />
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Of course, women are not the only victims in the USA of the scam of getting large amounts of taxpayer money by imprisoning people for long periods of time for minor offenses. There is a story of a man in the American state of California who received a 25 year to life sentence for stealing a wrench, and a man in the American state of Texas who received a life sentence for not paying $500 for a faulty air conditioner repair.<br />
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The USA has 5 times the number of people locked up per 10,000 population as Communist China. Combining this statistic with situations such as prisoners being made to spend years of extra time behind bars for alleged moments of consensual or solitary pleasure, and situations such as getting a 25 year sentence for stealing a wrench or a life sentence for not paying for an incomplete air conditioner repair, it is easy to suspect that four fifths of the people in prison in the USA do not belong there, and instead are there to provide employment for 4 out of 5 people in the various legal industries. <br />
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In such a situation, America is no longer the land of the free except for the American legal community. The rest of Americans have to pay for that scam in the form of extra taxes and government debt, and with varying degrees of the resulting psychological problem of an increase in long term financial stress. Of course, such psychological stress has become a reason for locking even more people up, and thereby making even more money for the lawyers and prison employees and social workers who are associated with the scam of imprisoning people for long periods of time for very minor offenses. If a man can get a 25 year sentence for stealing a $25 wrench, what should the woman heading the Wisconsin prison's parole board get for the $25,000 per year of taxpayer money used up in order to punish another woman's alleged moment of

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Yes, because we have law & respect the law, whereas in other countries law is ignored.

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Governor of Mississippi has a plan to change that

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I wonder if the voters would listen.

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Sure. The roots of freedom is ba<x>sed on giving society more liberties, including those who engage in crime.

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The war on drugs and the prison-industrial complex have nearly raped whatever soul the nation once had

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What a remarkable country this is eh?

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yes. free rent/food/healthcare in prison.

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yes but you have to shower with great big hairy brutes just waiting for you to drop the soap

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