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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics the Land of the Free currently has:

"At year-end 2008, federal and state prisons had over 1.6 million inmates (1,610,446) under their jurisdiction. About 1 in 198 U.S. residents was imprisoned with a sentence of more than 1 year in a federal or state prison"

There are more people in prison in the United States than in ANY other country!

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vrakitaz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
WIll be sharing this on my Tumblr soon. [link] (it's in the queue)

Cheers.
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*Prison Song by System of a Down comes to mind*

It's mostly the drug crimes. The War on Drugs is hella lucrative to the corrupt, and even pops a bit of it to the 'legitimate justice' system.
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pixelworlds Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol! That is a good one! Ya - I agree that the system is hella corrupt. These days if you get caught with any drugs police and cease most all of your assets and sell them at auction to fund themselves. They basically can destroy everything you've worked for in your life for something that shouldn't (and didn't used to be) a crime. Welcome to the Land of the Free, huh?!
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I realized just how backasswards the 'justice system' was when I got a $90 ticket for driving on expired inspection. I tried to plead unable to pay, they took it as guilty by the clerk woman badgering me, and when I showed up to the hearing I was informed iit was only a payment determination hearing, not a real one, basically I was given the options pay us money, or go to jail. I was unable to arrange a differening sentence like community service or anything because I hadn't plead not guilty. So basically, I should have lied, or if I had money, used the system to legally bribe my way out of consequences. To recognize your own tresspass and give back to your community as penance to a crime (even one as stupid as a few rust holes where your fenders attach to the frame) isn't wanted. They just want to extort you to buy fancy headstones. (The judge had a few family members at the local cemetary. To this day I think about vandalizing them every time I pass them on the bus)

Yeah, I don't know anyone who feels reassured to see a cop. Hell being anywhere near G-20 was terrifying, I felt like they'd turned my city into an internment camp. I was only in town once before it had really started and the razor wire fencing alone was just intimidating. Never mind that those "security" forces served no other purpose except to beat the shit out of protesters. The few times any of my friends were down there we could see a thousand different ways a terrorist attack could have been carried out.
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kanefeyer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Perfect Artwork.

A picture is worth a thousand words or statistics.

:-)
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GiantGeekyRobot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I studied this while in college. One projection is that by 2020 3 out of every 5 Americans will have served jail or prison time, and why? Because a lot of what we jail people for should be fines, not jail time.
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pixelworlds Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of what we jail people for shouldn't even be a crime! We are supposedly the Land of the Free!

Rich
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GiantGeekyRobot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I agree. Some of waht is considere4d a crime varies from state to state, or even in the same state. For example someone I went to school with was arrested and has to spend thje rest of his life labeled as a sex offender for mooning someone at his graduation party. he served 6 months in the county jail and has to register, but, if he had done it in the next county over, he only would have been charged with a Misdemeanor 4, and the most he would have got was a $200 fine.
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Yoshi-chu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Damn it, why is the tape over my city?

Oh and so true about the prisons. I mean, just look at ours.
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pixelworlds Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What city is yours Yoshi?!
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Yoshi-chu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
San Jose
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pixelworlds Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! You don't live terrible far from me! I live in Chico - about 1.5 hours north of Sacramento if you don't know of it! To answer your question - your city is covered because I was trying to mask the horrible smell that comes from San Jose - either that or it was purely coincidence! :D
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