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Prison Overcrowding

Lawmakers must find real solution

April 11, 2013

Unless state officials reduce overcrowding in prisons and jails, a federal judge probably will order them to do so....

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Apr-11-13 5:54 AM

Instead of building new prisons, how about taking that money and build some drug rehab facilities and some mental health in-house units. It is next to impossible to find a rehab with available beds and the funds to accept non-insured addicts. "Get to the root of the problem which is causing our prisons to be overcrowded." Drug related crimes and untreated mentally ill people are the leading causes for overcrowding prisons. It’s not rocket science.

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Apr-11-13 7:55 AM

For once I have to agree with you Denver. Locking these people up, while needed, until they are treated for their problems - they will continue to be a problem to society.

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Apr-11-13 11:50 AM

The solution isn't more big government intervention; the solution is to legalize drugs. In doing so, not only will the prison population be reduced, the money spent to investigate, prosecute and imprison individuals for something they are doing to their body will be saved. Between potential taxes on drugs and money saved, the state could repair and replace our faltering infrastructure and the federal government could balance the budget in a very short time.

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Apr-11-13 5:26 PM

AaronS & Denver together have it covered. Decriminalize a lot of current drug offenses -- but invest the savings in rehab.

& yes, I know who is going to post that rehab is a crock. But it does some good, & is something to build on.

Wonder if c-r-o-c-k will get through the filter ;-\

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Apr-11-13 10:50 PM

"Cruel and Unusual punishment"--From what----Sitting around in an air conditioned prison--reading and watching TV.Yes, drug related crimes are the reason for prison overcrowding--But i'm sure the dealers and users know that when they sell and use the junk.The only good drug dealer is a dead one!!!!

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Apr-12-13 6:11 AM

Even if drugs were legalize they still would have to buy them, and that's where the criminal activate come in. Like Jamie Ray Thompson who was caught with a stolen tractor along Lee Creek Road when he got stuck in a ditch, Thompson was in possession of oxycodone, which had also been stolen. Putting people in jail doesn't cure addiction

As for mental health in-house units. we have police and the military to protect us, but we let people like Tennis Melvin Maynard who killed Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, walk the streets. WHY?

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Apr-12-13 8:16 AM

Ship them out of state for housing, for half the cost like 34 other states in the country do.

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Apr-12-13 8:52 AM

They closed all the state mental institutions. Loaded all the mental people up on drugs and turned them loose to their own devices. Its a badly run operation. We are reaping the seeds sown by that hair-brained decision.

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Apr-12-13 9:34 AM

Denver,legalizing drugs lowers the price. That's a 2-edged sword, of course; but one edge does take away most of the motivation for drug cartels & smugglers. It tames the turf battles -- why kill someone over a market that yields little profit?

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Apr-12-13 6:58 PM

"neocurmudgeon74" I agree! They should legalize pot. That would help do away with the Mexican drug cartels, and the smuggling of pot. But, I don't think it would help much to reduce overcrowding in our prisons and jails. There overcrowded with drug addicts like Jamie Thompson, and people with mental health problems like Tennis Maynard, and until we deal with drug related crimes and untreated mentally ill people, they are always going to be overcrowded.

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Apr-12-13 7:50 PM

Watched a show recently about prison. The mentally ill are often in solitary - they get NO treatment. How can they get better just locked in a cell?

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