Apparently these guys just can't get past the fact that we lock up a lot of miscreants who broke the law and deserved to be punished:
Editorial: Break out of the prison paradigm2.1 million "people."
Virginia's junior senator is taking up a good fight -- against the nation's devastatingly high rate of imprisonment.
Virginia's Sen. Jim Webb might have just the tough-guy credentials to take on the nation's shameful incarceration rate without being slimed as "soft on crime."
The United States has 2.1 million people locked up in prisons or jails, many of them prisoners of the so-called war on drugs. Their numbers amount to a 500 percent increase in inmates over the past 30 years, according to The Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group for sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration. (link)
It's as if our prisons operate in a vacuum, snatching innocent citizens off the streets and tossing them into the gulag.
Here's a question that's vital to this discussion but one these geniuses will never ask:
If these "people" are being locked up so as to reduce the rate of crime in this country, is the plan working?
Let's look at the latest data from the Department of Justice. (Researchers there put the numbers in line graph form so that even newspaper editorial personnel can understand them).
First, trends relating to violent crime (note that line showing overall violent crime since the Republicans took control of Congress and "Three Strikes You're Out" was implemented in many states).
How about property crime rates:
Crimes involving a firearm?
A normal person might ask the question: What is prompting these startling positive trends?
I wonder ....
The weak of mind however (liberals all), look only at this last graph and cry in anguish over the plight of those poor murderers, rapists, and thugs who might have led such exemplary lives if it weren't for that harsh prison system that kidnapped them from the seminary and turned their lives into one big tale of woe.
Earth to Roanoke Times: Incarceration rate up → crime rate(s) down.
Me? I say lock 'em up. Throw away the key. What you see above is no accident. And no crocodile tears from the ignorant amongst us is going to change things.
Charts courtesy of the Department of Justice.