I just had to share this. Kort maar krachtig, is what we call that–brief and to the point.
The United States with only about 5% of the world’s population has over 24% of the world’s prisoners. One of the basic principles that our nation was founded on and what many of our founding fathers thought was the most fundamental principal necessary for a free and democratic society to function properly was the rule of law…but only if it were applied equally to everyone, with no one, not even kings or royals or presidents or wealthy citizens, exempt from the nations laws.
Today the U.S. has almost 2.5 million prisoners in its jails and over 7 million citizens who are in some way either incarcerated or on parole or under probation for having broken the law…but what is it that most often sends people to prison in the U.S.? Here is an approximate breakdown.
Drug offenses…approximately 1.2 million
Public-order crimes…approximately 850 thousand
Violent crimes…approximately 200 thousand
Property crimes…approximately 150…
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