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    A positive sign in prison management.

    Colorado's prison population is falling so quickly that state officials are once again considering closing prisons a tough discussion given that prisons are often big employers in the counties where they are located.
    "It looks like the whole system should be shrinking," said state Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, at a recent legislative hearing where Joint Budget Committee members discussed the decline in inmates and a consultant's ongoing study of which prisons should be closed or repurposed.
    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_2245799...e-more-prisons

    Part of it is because of marijuana legalization, but it is also because of a smarter approach to dealing with crime.

    The state's felony crime rate dropped by a third from 2002 to 2011, Clements said. Possible reasons for that include reductions in punishment for marijuana-related crimes, successes of youth and gang-intervention programs, and an aging population that has resulted in fewer young people getting in trouble.
    In addition, Clements, who became the state's corrections chief under Hickenlooper, brought a very different attitude from his predecessors, Wilson said. Parole and probation officers are giving second chances for minor infringements, like a single failed drug test or failure to show up for an appointment. Those offenders are not being sent back to prison.
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    I agree with all of this. This nickel and dime punishment mentality has to be given leeway, it isn't the smart approach and many countries in Europe understand this approach doesn't work at all. Helping the people has a far greater impact than jailing them do to minor bull****.
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    The main reason why marijuana is still illegal, privatized jails. It's a ****ing crime that marijuana is still considered a crime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sons of Shula View Post
    The main reason why marijuana is still illegal, privatized jails. It's a ****ing crime that marijuana is still considered a crime.
    Ironically, some of the biggest backers for The Partnership for a Drug Free America are pharmaceutical, alcohol, and tobacco companies.

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    Wait so the predictions of rampant crime and gateway drugs hasn't yielded a desert waste land as depicted in Fury Road.
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