1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
Now I do agree with you about one thing.... these people do hold the rest of society back when they are in jail. Which is why I am in favor of expanding the prison labor program.
Folks who didn't graduate high school, who chose a life of crime.... they may not be suited to school, but at least they can be useful picking up trash along the highway or making license plates, so forth.
Besides, the inexpensive labor is good for the economy.
I would also point out that its not like terrorism was not a huge problem worldwide in 1985 either:
But the world in general is a much safer place today than in 1985:
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)