2.4 million in US prisons
Quadrupled since 1980
1 in 100 Americans is in jail
14 percent federal prison
Increase in population since 1998 longer sentences for drug offenders
Minimum security prison per inmate costs $21k per yr
Max security prison $33K
Prison costs will rise 30%by 2020 Dept of Justic
51% are drug offenses
Obama is the first president to visit a federal prison. If he is so concerned about cost, how much did his trip cost? It cost approximately $228,288 an HOUR to fly Air Force One. Flight time to Oklahoma to Washington DC is 2 hours and 36 minutes x 2 for return = 5 hours x $228,288 = $1,141,440.00 good old US dollars. Divide that by $33k to house a maximum security prisoner and you can house 34.5 prisoners for one year.
But I guess he wanted to give the good news to the prisoners about commuting (reducing) the sentences of 46 drug offenders. He feels it will make our country smarter by being more cost effective and fairer, while keeping the American people safer and secure. HUH? A reform of the criminal justice system.
The other priority is to give people with criminal records meaningful access to a second chance. Maybe part of that is not to force people to check a box on a job application, so we won’t know if the person has any criminal convictions. Take a good look at your co-workers.
Obama said they aren’t hardened criminals. Obama has commuted more sentences than any president since Lyndon Johnson.
For blogging out loud)) Rebecca Vallas the policy director at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said 70 to 100 million Americans have some kind of criminal record. I hope that includes jay-walking.
Eric Holder said our U.S. prison population since 1980 has grown approximately 800%, and federal prisons are 40% over capacity. 9-10 million people visit jails every year. 40% are former federal prisoners. 60% are state prisoners. Usually within 3 years they are rearrested. In 2010 prisons cost us $80 billion dollars.
Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12
Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, which reduce the sentencing difference between offenses of crack cocaine and powder cocaine.
President Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders
In the eight years George W. Bush was president he commuted 11 sentences.
List of people pardoned by Barack Obama
In 2013 Eric Holder reviewed the criminal justice system Policies of Tough on Crime from a generation ago and have been denounced as discriminatory and why we have explosive growth in prison population.
Eric Holder wants to avoid mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders.
Attorney General Eric Holder expressed “concern” Thursday evening that black men are unfairly served with longer prison sentences than white men and that America’s prison system demands overhaul.
He also referred to a report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission released in February and said figures show that blacks are being disproportionately prosecuted and sentenced.
“I am concerned by a troubling report which indicates that in recent years black male offenders have received sentences that are nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes.”
Holder and President Obama want to do much more in the administration’s second term by facilitating the release of larger numbers of prisoners.
Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders
Arkansas reduced their prison population by more than 1400 inmates, 5000 for Texas.
Eric Holder directed his 94 US attorneys to develop guidelines to determine if someone would be charged on federal charges or not.
Let’s hope Loretta Lynch does better.
We need to face the facts, if more blacks are doing illegal activity, then more blacks will be in jail. We have lowered our standards in many facets of life, and the prison system is not where we should continue this.))