Let’s-change-this Quote of the Day.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 14, 2011
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Your elementary school class? One of them’s been in prison.

Quote of the Day: 1/31 Americans in correctional system.

Think of it this way: pull out your elementary school photo. One of your classmates? In the prison system.

Wanna save taxpayer money, GOP? Stop putting people in the slammer and ruining livelihoods and make. Pot. Legal. It’s harmless, more easily controlled, made safe in terms of point of sale, and taxable when it’s legal.

Legality same as morality. In other words, you can make something legal and tax and control it whether or not you think it’s right. When or not you think it’s right, it’s still happening.

Via Newsweek:

In 1980, fewer than 500,000 Americans were in prison; today, the number is 2.3 million.

To put that statistic in perspective, the median incarceration rate among all countries is 125 prisoners for every 100,000 people. In England, it’s 153; Germany, 89; Japan, a mere 63.

In America, it’s 743, by far the highest in the world.

Include all the U.S. residents currently on probation or parole, and our country’s correctional population soars to about 7.2 million—roughly one in every 31 Americans.

All told, the U.S. incarcerates nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, even though it’s home to only 5 percent of the world’s inhabitants.

That’s Newsweek’s Andrew Romano, writer of this week’s profile of Jim Webb and his “crusade” to reform the criminal-justice system.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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