Fun Article Posted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy
NeilS — If you are interested in the relationship between drug offenders, their cost to society, and the prison population, follow the link here — Who’s Really in Prison for Marijuana — It is the article referenced in the title of this post. Here is a blurb of text I particularly like (sarcasm):
State and federal laws make a significant distinction between possession of small amounts of marijuana and amounts that clearly show that a person is engaged in the manufacture, cultivation, sale, or distribution of the drug. This is because the laws reflect our societal view that small¬time users who are either dependent on drugs or at risk of becoming dependent need help to stop their use, and that through education, treatment, and reinforcement, these people can become drug free. Trafficking, on the other hand, is viewed as a much more serious enterprise, akin to violent crime. It terrorizes communities and destroys lives. That policymakers would require more stringent punishment for trafficking offenses should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the drug trade and the magnitude of the damage it inflicts on our society
If you follow the next link here — Bureau of Justice Statistics — You will find some very interesting excel spreadsheets that are filled with relevant information about what is really happening in our state prison system and can make some judgments for yourselves. I hope to revisit this topic with more information as soon as I can. Please feel free to post in the comments and interesting information you find through these links.