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    Prison labor booms in US as low-cost inmates bring billions

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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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoFins! View Post
    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.
    The overwhelming majority (I believe 90%), of the people imprisoned for cannabis are there for possession, & not distribution.

    It is unquestionably within their interests to have cannabis remain illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    The overwhelming majority (I believe 90%), of the people imprisoned for cannabis are there for possession, & not distribution.
    What percentage of the prison population is there for cannabis related crimes?

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    It is unquestionably within their interests to have cannabis remain illegal.
    Yes, "their" being the CCA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoFins! View Post
    What percentage of the prison population is there for cannabis related crimes?
    1 in 6 people in prison are there because of cannabis. Roughly 16.7% of all prisoners.

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    In addition to that, more than half of the prison population is there for non-violent drug related offenses.

    More 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    1 in 6 people in prison are there because of cannabis. Roughly 16.7% of all prisoners.
    Thank you. So we could expect the overall prison population to decline by roughly 15% (90% of 16.7%). That would save money and reduce any overcrowding problems.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by GoFins! View Post
    Thank you. So we could expect the overall prison population to decline by roughly 15% (90% of 16.7%). That would save money and reduce any overcrowding problems.

    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.
    Or, we could not make laws that manufacture criminals for the sake of privatized profit. It's absurd that there's a minimal number of persons that must be in jail. The United States of America has the world's highest incarceration rate. We also have the world's most prisons at 4,575, more than 4 times that of 2nd place Russia at 1,029. The bottom line is, we need some asses in cells in order for the ridiculous amount of prisons we have to not be a colossal money waster, & justify their existence. This is very much part of the reason why we still have a drug-war.
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