Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BEHIND BARS

Fence Section, Baton Rouge LA 2007 from Baton Rouge Blues
All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner

2,300,000 people are behind bars in the United States. Louisiana accounts for approx. 37,969 of those inmates, the most per capita of any state! 30% of these are jailed for drug related convictions. It costs $20,000. per person annually to incarcerate these people.

I think maybe it's time to think about more effective punishments and treatment for non-violent offenders! Jail should be reserved for the violent and dangerous ones.