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“Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has reached out to 48 states as part of a $250 million plan to own existing prisons and manage their operations. But in return CCA wants a 20-year contract and assurances that the state will keep the prisons at least 90% full.”
Good luck keeping occupancy at 90% without all the potheads that are arrested on a yearly basis.
It might not have any affect. Pot is legal in my state, but selling it isn't and there are not yet any government approved dispensaries. Selling medical marijuana to someone without a prescription is illegal as well.
Even when there are legal places to buy marijuana it will still be illegal to sell it without a license.
States need revenue so they might resort to giving out a lot fines in lieu of jail or prison. I know our neighboring states that haven't yet legalized marijuana make a killing off of people who don't realize the laws varies from state to state.
In addition to that, more than half of the prison population is there for non-violent drug related offenses.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-offences.htmlMore than 50 per cent on inmates in U.S. federal prisons were jailed for drug offences, shocking new figures show.
The statistics from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, reveal that out of a total inmate population of 215,888, 102,391 (that's 50.8 per cent) were jailed for drug offences.
The second highest crime area was weapons, explosives and arson offences with a prison population of 30,509, that's 15.1 per cent, according to the figures published on the Department's website on May 28 of this year.
If the government has a contract with the CCA and is obligated to the keep the prisons "full" then courts might be encouraged/required to get tougher on other law breakers.
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Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life