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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Who are the cats that want to give out more welfare and unemployment and bail out people who bought houses they can't afford and created another 15 million stamp collectors? Was that the Republicans, too?
    I would say yes.

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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Oh lawd! I'm sick to death of that talking point, already.

    Who are the cats that want to give out more welfare and unemployment and bail out people who bought houses they can't afford and created another 15 million stamp collectors? Was that the Republicans, too?
    1 out of 7 Americans lived in poverty by the end of the last administration.
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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    what a silly statement. good lawyers cost money. poor people don't have money, they get legal aid. no one is "impuning" anything as "bigotted", that's how the system works in a capitalistic society.
    Then why don't you go live in China? Hmmmm? No doubt they'll treat you better, and take the poor with you so they can no longer be victims of capitalism.
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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    How do you purpose handling ultra-violent offenders who commit assault, rape and murder while in prison?
    A 50 cent bullet.
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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Compare the crime rate 100 years ago--when the death penalty was widely and swiftly used--to the crime rate now--when the death penalty is used far less.



    You're comparing apples to oranges when the only factor that you use to come up with your conclusion, is the frequency of the death peanlty. You're totally leaving out demographics.
    There is no accurate way of having a "crime rate" from 100 years ago, because statistics like that weren't kept then.

    We have, however, been keeping those statistics from 1960 forward.

    1960: - Overall: 1.8% - Violent: .1% - Murder - .005%
    1972 (the year the death penalty was declared unconstitutional): Overall: 3.9% - Violent: .4% - Murder - .008%
    1977 (the year the death penalty returns): Overall: 5.0% - Violent: .5% - Murder - .008%
    1988 (considered to be the peak year of the crack epidemic): Overall: 5.6% - Violent: .6% - Murder - .008%
    2009 (most recent year on the source): 3.4% - Violent: .4% - Murder - .004%

    Indeed, the murder rate rose from .008% to .010% between 1977 and the peak year for murder, which was 1991 (the tale end of the worst of the crack epidemic). Under your argument, it should have begun it's decline much earlier. You'll note that the rate had dropped from 1991 (again, .010%) to .005% in 2000 - during the economic boom years of the 1990s.

    I would argue that a better economy leads to a lower murder rate - much more so than does the existence of a death penalty or not.

    Indeed, http://davecoop.net/2007.htm
    these number bear that out. Poorer states (death penalty or no) have higher murder rates than do wealthier states. Compare

    The murder rate is actually lower than it was in 1960 (when the death penalty was pretty prevalent) and is half of what it was in the year the death penalty became legal again and what it was during the peak of the crack epidemic.

    Crime is down. But, since the murder rate didn't change at all between the times the death penalty was made illegal or when it was restored, is shows that the death penalty has absolutely no causal relationship to the murder rate.

    Again, to declare a deterrent effect, you'd need to prove that the existence of the death penalty has at least a correlation to the murder rate. The numbers don't bear that out either at a state level or at a national level.

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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Then why don't you go live in China? Hmmmm? No doubt they'll treat you better, and take the poor with you so they can no longer be victims of capitalism.
    Are you permanently stuck in the 70's? Why would you consider that someone who wants their country to be better, should instead love it the way it is or leave it?

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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    And, it's unfortunate that the SC looks at it that way. If convicts don't like the way they're being treated, then they shouldn't break the law.
    Bull****! I have seen countless posts from you, defending the constitution and what it stands for. Now you are saying that we should straight up ignore a the 8th Amendment, specifically barring cruel and unusual punishment. You don't get to pick and choose with the Constitution. It does not matter if they are scumbags or not. Criminals have rights.
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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    A 50 cent bullet.
    And if you spend that 50 cents on the wrong guy? Ooops?

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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Here is a look at who is actually locked up in California's prisons:


    That looks like there's plenty of room to cut the prison population without posing any significant threat to society. All those drug crimes would be a good place to start. Jerry Brown should pardon every single person in California's prison who has been convicted of a nonviolent drug crime. The next places to look would be at all of those people in prison for burglary or theft. Seriously? Why are we locking people in cages for property crimes anyway? Make them do community service, make them wear a tracking bracelet (if necessary), and make them pay a fine. If they did something particularly egregious, put them under house arrest or in a halfway home.

    Then we get down to the harder stuff. I'm not sure what "other crimes" entails, but I'm guessing it's stuff like possession of weapons. Some of those people can undoubtedly be released too, especially if their weapon wasn't used in the commission of some other crime. Similarly, "assault and battery" and "sex crimes" are pretty broad categories. Not everyone who falls into those categories is necessarily a dangerous thug, although many are. The state should look to see which of them can be released as well.

    Ultimately, locking someone in a cage is a horrifying abuse of human rights unless you have a damn good reason to do it. Protecting society from vicious criminals is a good reason; protecting society from potheads and shoplifters is not.
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    Re: Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    The death penalty is not a deterrent for crime. Never has been and never will be.

    While the murder rate has declined in states both with and without the death penalty, state without the death penalty have - EVERY YEAR and consistently - had a lower murder rate.

    Were your theory that the death penalty were a deterrent to crime true, one would expect that states with the death penalty would have a lower murder rate. It hasn't happened that way.
    Prison should be about punishment, period.

    It should be miserable. Not violate human rights miserable, we as a country are better than that, but miserable enough that common ****ing sense dictates you never want to go back. Yet we are full of frequent flyers...those doing life on the installmant plan.

    Prison is like studying at a crime graduate school. Teach the younger ones getting out how to best steal, deal and kill...toss in some weights so when they get out they are a nightmare to deal with in the street and voila, instant super ****ing ****head. This is because some still hold onto rehabilitation even though the cons themselves will laugh at the liberals that suggest it.

    On Capital punishment. Its simple.... deterrence. It is about retribution, plain and simple. Some people, by their very actions, have forfeited their right to live in a civilized society. They have cashed in their human being card. It gives the families and loved ones of the victims some much needed finality and closure to a horrific event.

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