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Criminalising Drugs Boost Only The Gigantic Prison Service Industry

by | 24th, November 2008

CONRAD Black calls for reform on drugs laws:

The US is now a carceral state that imprisons eight to 12 times more people (2.5m) per capita than the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany or Japan. US justice has become a command economy based on the avarice of private prison companies, a gigantic prison service industry and politically influential correctional officers’ unions that agitate for an unlimited increase in the number of prosecutions and the length of sentences.

The entire “war on drugs”, by contrast, is a classic illustration of supply-side economics: a trillion taxpayers’ dollars squandered and 1m small fry imprisoned at a cost of $50 billion a year; as supply of and demand for illegal drugs have increased, prices have fallen and product quality has improved.

I wish to advise Lord Hurd that when I return to the UK I would like to take up more energetically than I did initially his request for assistance in his custodial system reform activities.

As he says:

Alas, it never occurred to Conrad Black to be in favor of reform until he was locked up himself.

Indeed…



Posted: 24th, November 2008 | In: Politicians Comment | TrackBack | Permalink