Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
Or, we could not make laws that manufacture criminals for the sake of privatized profit.
This sounds like of an episode of Stargate SG1. It sounds very far-fetched but there's no telling what our government might do. A lot of things that our government does now might have sounded far-fetched to our forefathers.

Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
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.
Might this partially be due to the fact that we have the world's most lenient laws and a criminal justice system that has a "beyond a reasonable doubt" requirement for conviction?

Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
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.
Do you believe we have a "war on drugs" simply to justify the existence of prisons?

If our government was the slightest bit fiscally minded they'd save money by closing prisons so I don't think we incarcerate people just to justify the existence of prisons. I could understand our government viewing prisons as a jobs program and keeping them full to employ prison staff.