The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world: Approximately 1 in 100 adults or more than 2.2 million people are behind bars in the US, according to the Pew Center on the States. In addition, another 4.6 million (or a total of almost 7 million) people live under some form of correctional supervision.
Mass incarceration is not a result of higher crime rates: The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world not because it has higher crime rates, but because it imprisons more types of criminal offenders, including non-violent and drug offenders, and keeps them in prison longer. With the exception of homicide, US crime rates are comparable to other European countries with much lower incarceration rates.
Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts US racial minorities: Mass incarceration has had a devastating effect on blacks and Hispanics in the US. African Americans are six times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person and non-white Latinos are almost three times more likely to be incarcerated, according to the Pew Center on the States.
Incarceration hits hardest at young black and Latino men without high school education. An astounding 11 percent of black men, aged between 20 and 34, are behind bars. Much of the racial disparity is a result of the US’ war on drugs - started by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. By 1988, blacks were arrested on drug charges at five times the rate of whites. By 1996, the rate of drug admissions to state prison for black men was 13 times greater than the rate for white men. This is despite the fact that African Americans use drugs at roughly the same rate as white Americans.
Mass incarceration is expensive: Imprisoning people is not cheap. The average cost of housing an inmate is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year. This price tag comes at the direct expense of public money that could be spent on public education, medical care and public assistance. And it is one reason why so many states face fiscal crises today.
A twitter PR campaign for the NYPD has backfired.
It is so heavily subsidized, it’s becoming cost prohibitive.
Degrees are only going to lose value over time, as more and more people get them. Which means you’ll have to put yourself through more college, and more graduate education, in order to stave off the decreasing…
little things that help ease symptoms of depression:
- turn the lights on and open a window
- eat something healthy and drink ice cold water
- find a comforting album to listen to whenever things get bad
- take a long, relaxing bath
- do yourself up in full make up and hair
- be around people, even if you don’t think it will help
- watch something funny on netflix
- wear your favorite/most comfortable outfit
- immerse yourself in a hobby like drawing
- lose yourself in a really good book or movie
Threats by an adult against an adult = psychological abuse
Sexual violence by an adult against an adult = rape
Violence by an adult against an adult = physical assault
Violence by an adult against a spouse = domestic abuse
Threats/violence by a child against a child = bullying
Violence by a child against an adult = juvenile delinquency
Violence by a parent against child = discipline
Friendly reminder ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ) that if you don’t sleep with someone for the sole reason that they’re HIV positive then you ARE being discriminatory towards a human being with a disease and you’re scum of the earth ｡◕‿◕｡ It’s basically as bad as saying you couldn’t love somebody with cancer. Respect people’s feelings. (◕‿◕✿)
"give yourself HIV to make someone happy. do it just give yourself an std you ffucin g piece of shit"
Do you really not understand that one of those is communicable and one isn’t?
People on this site are fucking idiotic when it comes to these two people.
Posts like “omg Obama is so chill, best president ever” or “Putin is such a badass, I want him for president” get tens of thousands of approving notes. Really?
Are you people really that uneducated and stupid?
Do you seriously not give a shit about Obama jumping into bed with people from HSBC, not even trying to do anything about the Benghazi attacks, kissing Russia’s ass for most of his term, extending the PATRIOT Act, helping to grant immunity to companies that conducted wiretaps without warrants, supporting affirmative action, and so on? Oh, but good thing he’s so chill because he makes funny faces. Best president ever!
Oh, and Putin, so great to have him as president, right? Never mind the fact that he’s effectively turning Russia back into the USSR and it looks like the Cold War never ended, or that he pretty much blackmails half the world into submission just because he has valuable natural resources in his country, or that the cult of personality around him, the “freedom” of press, the militarization, and the levels of crime, corruption, and poverty in Russia are pretty much identical to how it was in the Soviet Union (look it up, you might as well be living in fucking Somalia), or that he violates international law and treaties signed by his country without hesitation (hello, the Budapest Memorandum), or that he actively supports and initiates discrimination and violence against homosexuals, non-Russians, and “politically inconvenient” people. He’s such a badass, because he rides on a boat without his shirt on! Best president ever!
I’m not even surprised, considering most people here are just dumb teenagers.
But please, if you’ve ever reblogged a picture like that, and sincerely thought one of these people is great because “so chill” or “so badass”, do me a favour, and don’t vote. Ever. People like you, who don’t give a shit about politics and the world as a whole, but still vote, because that guy looks “chill”, seems “nice”, believes in Jesus more than the other guy, or likes the same sandwich you like, are exactly the reason why politics in most countries is just pure shit (my country included, but it’s not nearly as big as the US or Russia, so it doesn’t matter that much on a global scale).
You can’t expect to have competent, good politicians in place, when the majority of voters are uneducated, misinformed idiots.
In fact just stop voting, period.
The problem with government agencies is that it’s just a bunch of people. Calling something the government and giving it power, you’re just giving power to people over people. At a certain point people need to figure out what they want to give people power over.
Do you want to give people power over you sex life? Do you want to give people power over your diet? When New York comes along and says you can’t have Big Gulps anymore and everybody just goes “oh, okay” well fuck you. No, you can’t tell me what kind of soda I can drink dummy. If I want to drink a 35 ounce soda or whatever the hell it is, why do you care? How about I go to the store and get a 1 liter? I get a big giant 1 liter and I drink it. Fuck you. You can’t tell me what to eat or what to drink.
What kind of nonsense is that? Have you covered all the bases? Have you solved all the burglaries? Have you solved all the rape cases? Then shut the fuck up and leave the soda alone.