UPDATE - Warning: Supreme Court orders release of 46,000 criminals in CA - the equivalent of 3 Army divisions!!!Submitted by Philomath on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:35
"Conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, ordering the state to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates."
Personally, I think we could prevent more harm by locking up a handful of Wall street generals compared to tens of thousands of those convicted of non-violent offenses.
CRIME STATISTICS FOR CALIFORNIA 1952-2006
For those that want to make claims about crime in California PLEASE reference the stats before making such statements. I like to think RP supports are the rational ones.
UPDATE: I must have missed the memo about the entire California prisoner population being those convicted of non-violent drug offenses. For all those making such posts, the facts are that in the past ten years California had ~25,000 murders, 100,000 forcible rapes, 1.5 million aggravated assaults.