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This web page is good for exposing the true magnitude of the U.S. drug war.Reproduce freely. Copy any or all of it, and distribute. Or just pass on the page description below.*The MAJORITY of the 2 million U.S. prisoners are incarcerated due to the drug war! The Drug-War Industrial Complex. The U.S. drug-war inmate MAJORITY is calculated by adding together prisoners who have committed drug crimes, drug-related crimes (such as robbing to get money for drugs that are expensive because of the drug war), drug trade crimes, drug-related parole violations, etc.. The USA has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's 8 MILLION prisoners. As of the year 2000 the USA again has the world's highest incarceration rate! It is 5 to 17 times higher than all other Western (long democratic traditions) nations. The US rate is almost 4 times higher than in 1980 at the time of Reagan's election. 6.5 million adults, or 1 in 32 adults in the USA, or 3.1% of adults, were under correctional supervision (in jail, in prison, on probation, or on parole) at yearend 2000.Statistics, references, links, and charts:
2 MILLION U.S. inmates. MAJORITY in due to U.S. DRUG WAR! [TopLink]
Republican evil, Democrat obedience, corporatist control: The Drug-War Industrial Complex.
The U.S. drug war inmate MAJORITY is shown by adding together drug crimes, crimes to get money for drugs, drug-related parole violations, etc..
"Nearly one in four persons (23.7%) imprisoned in the United States is currently imprisoned for a drug offense. The number of persons behind bars for drug offenses (458,131) is roughly the same as the entire prison and jail population in 1980 (474,368)." From the July 2000 report, "Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States."
*Number and percentage of prisoners whose primary and/or most serious crime was a drug offense. Based on federal estimates of state and federal drug prisoners. Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Chart from 1980 on. 8% in 1980. 23% in 1998.
In addition, "The FBI has reported that almost one-third of people convicted of robbery and burglary, and more than one-quarter of people convicted of larceny, committed their crimes to get money for drugs. Moreover, 6.5 percent of the murders in the United States in 1990 occurred in narcotics-related circumstances" (The Washington Post, Jan. 18, 1994).
The Nov. 2, 1995 Chicago Tribune reported: "The latest Bureau of Justice Statistics [BJS] survey of U.S. prison inmates in 1991 found that 27 percent of robbers admitted they committed crimes to buy drugs; 30 percent of burglars said so, and 5 percent of convicted murderers did." BJS report (need free, Adobe Acrobat, reader to view the pdf file):
*7-1999. USA. War Won't Solve the Drug Problem. "In 1988, just over half of the murders in the city [New York City] were 'drug-related.' But once the researchers examined the circumstances of the murders, they discovered that the clear majority, 74 percent, were results of the drug trade, not drug use (14 percent) or the need to get money for drugs (4 percent)." Washington Post OPED from Drug Policy Foundation.
*CHART. Parole violations and drugs. Percentage of violators returned to prison for failing urine tests, associating with drug users, etc..
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adds to more than 100 percent because some
inmates may have had more than 1 reason.
*PERCENTAGE of federal prison population who are DRUG OFFENDERS, 1970 to 2000.
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totaled 1,312,354 in 2000. Jails held another 621,149.
*U.S. Federal Mandatory-Minimum Drug Sentences.Most states also have mandatory minimums.
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|> 1 kilo is 1 kilogram, which equals 1000 grams.|
> 1 pound equals 454 grams. 1 ounce equals 28.35 grams.
*U.S. Incarceration Rates Chart. Timeline. Drug War Incarceration Nation.
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*Drug war CHART web pages described. With QUICK LINKS to all of them. New chart pages. Old chart pages. All chart pages.
*Incarceration rates. World. 1985-1995. By nation. CHART. U.S. and Russian rates updated for the year 2000 and 2001. At the change of the millennium, the USA (aka Babylon), became number one again. Links to 1999, and later, rates for many nations.
The failed drug war causes far more harm than drugs.
The U.S. Drug-war Industrial Complex causes the world's highest incarceration rate; years wasted in brutal prisons; broken, one-parent families; many kids orphaned; bloody drug-trade turf wars; high violent crime rates relative to all other Western nations; many property crimes to get money for drugs (that are expensive due to the drug war); lower inner city property values; insane prison, court, and police spending; spending cut from education and healthcare; violent criminals released early to keep in non-violent drug offenders with longer mandatory minimum sentences; many unnecessary deaths from impure drugs; racist drug law enforcement and sentencing; racial profiling; private prisons for profits; powerful prison guard PACs supporting ever more prisons; rampant corruption; drug-funded, CIA-aided, death squads throughout Latin America for decades; Bill of Rights being shredded in the USA ...
Expanding interlocking corporate-government control by playing both sides of the Drug War: Private prison corporations; prison guard and police unions; money-laundering banks; paramilitary drug-funded death squads controlled by the wealthy; military-paramilitary-police underground cooperation; selective drug law enforcement concentrating on political, university, and union organizers; Nixon's COINTELPRO-type control of society; 1000+ station, corporate-mega-media nationwide hate-radio drug warriors such as ClearChannel creating ever more drug war hysteria; politicians and judges dependant on FoxNews and ClearChannel-type corporate campaign donations and airtime; etc., etc..
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing."
--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (One Thousand Americans, George Seldes, page 5.)
"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." -Mussolini
"The only difference between Bush and Gore is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock at the door."
-Ralph Nader (Green Party presidential candidate. Election year 2000 quote).
The drug war may only end in the USA when there is a legal separation between corporations and the state. A constitutional separation as strong as the First Amendment separation between church and state.The U.S. Democrat Party just like the Republican Party is a fully-owned subsidiary of corporate America. Corporate rulers love drug wars and any increase in police, prison and intelligence assets that can be used to keep people down. We need multi-party proportional representation, electoral reform, breakups of mega-media, an increase in true democracy, and an end of the one-party pseudo-democracy called Republicrat corporatist control.
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The QUICK LINKS box below has full-URL absolute links to a few site pages. Drug war, corporatism, fundamentalism, government failings, etc.. Go to the main Quick Links page for many more links. The links below open up into a new browser window.So click away. Links are in alphabetical order. [TopLink]
|Art Bell vs. Pat Robertson.|
Black voter disenfranchisement.
Bush 2000 coup d'etat.
CHARTS. Links to all.
Corruption in the USA.
Electoral systems worldwide.
Email lists, Usenet, archives.
Forums, boards, IndyMedia.
Green Triangle. Past, present.
Greens. Drug reform platforms.
Greens. World drug reform activities.
Harm Reduction and drugs.
Ideology, idiot-ology, politics, economics.
IMAGES, compilations. Free.
John Ashcroft. Republican.
MAJORITY of inmates. Drug War.
Medical cannabis. Many links.
MMM cannabis rallies worldwide.
News. Sites, sources, feeds, search.
NRA's prisons. Nonviolent offenses.
POWs of drug war. Families, too.
Prison gulags, brutality, torture.
QUICK LINKS to SITE pages.
Religion 101 and Drug War.
Republican drug war. Timeline.
Republican inquisition. Medical cannabis.
Republicans 1998. Newt et al.
Search drug reform sites and press.
SEARCH this website.
Tobacco harm reduction.
US Terrorism. Death Squads worldwide.
Worldwide drug reform links.