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Editor’s Note: a Good Start

Thursday, November 30, 2006

There’s good news today. Today, the AP reported that one in 32 people in the United States is in Prison or on Probation/Parole. This does not even count our collection of detainees both in detention centers and secret prisons.

This is the clearest sign yet that we are winning the War on Terror. As far as I am concerned, we should not stop until every terrorist or pothead is in a prison of some kind. And of course this is good news for the GOP, as all Democrats are either potheads or terrorists, except Ted Kennedy, who is a drunken murderer.

A great example of the struggles in the War on Terror is the case of Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell. A stewardess accused Persing of going down on Sewell on a flight from Los Angeles to North Carolina. Now the couple is facing twenty years in prison for disrupting the aircraft. This is the ideal way to treat passengers who fly coach.

Personally, you would never catch me going down on an aircraft, or indeed at all. When my wife insists that I perform that particular act, I hire an illegal alien to do it. They do the jobs that we don’t want to do.

Finally, many of you have asked about my recent trip to Jamaica and my search for Weapons of Mass Destruction. On a personal note, my trip was a success, as in my spare time, I finished my newest book, “Ronald Reagan, a Legacy of Honor.”

As far as the existence of WMDs, let me just say that you shouldn’t be surprised if we invade Jamaica shortly before the 2008 elections.

Dr. Ryan Maynard, Editor, NewsBlog 5000

1 in 32 huh? I'm not suprised. I've blogged about our justice system a couple of times. It's not just about the war on terror though. It's about a system that has made a industry out of incarceration. It's sick is what it is.
Hey Doc,

My opinion about this subject is summed up below, as has appeared in

What a world, huh?

Los Angeles, CA. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the total number inmates in American prisons and jails on June 30, 2005, was 56,428 more than at the same time in 2004.

The government reported nearly 2.2 million U.S. residents, or approximately 1 in every 136 Americans was incarcerated at that time, a 2.6 percent increase from mid-2004 to mid-2005, for an average of 1,085 new inmates each week during the year studied.

The rise was more or less in keeping with several previous years’ inmate growth rate, and projected government estimates call for like increases through the year 2020.

The rapid growth in the number of Americans behind bars is attributed to the massive prison and jail construction boom begun late last century, combined with so-called “three-strike” laws enacted in many U.S. states which call for mandatory incarceration for two-time felons convicted a third time for crimes ranging from murder to aggravated spitting.

Over the past three years, ballooning federal, state and local deficits caused by the Iraq conflict, tax giveaways to FOW (Friends of W), and other long-range government boondoggles, many localities have begun instituting a policy of “early prisoner release” to ease mounting overcrowding.

In Los Angeles County alone, about 1 in 10 prisoners or almost 4,000 inmates a year, are now sent back out into the streets, most well before their full sentences are served. Although a quarter of those set free are charged with violent or life-endangering crimes, Sheriff Lee “Chew” Baca has said the early releases were a necessary last resort to trim millions of dollars from budget shortfalls, and keep the revolving doors of justice turning.

As head of the nation’s largest jail system and in response to some people actually paying attention during this election year, Baca held a press conference today to announce the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department latest plan to solve its growing prisoner housing problem, called, “You Do The Crime, You Do The Time-Share.”

Starting January 1, 2007, all county inmates designated for early release will instead be required to serve out their full sentences at various locations under contract with the department, mostly undersold or utilized “resort” properties throughout the state. In addition, prisoners must also pay their own room, board and transportation costs, and view a 90-minute presentation about the property sometime during the balance of their sentences.

Sheriff Baca estimates his new “Crime/Time-Share” program could raise more than 10 million dollars for his department annually, eliminate jail overcrowding, and stimulate California’s flagging development industry. Counties and states across the country are taking a long look at the bold, new initiative.

© 2006 TS Tyler All Rights Reserved

I greatly enjoyed your comment. What Chew is doing is nothing short of brilliant. Who cares about inmate laborers when you can have inmate consumers.

Do you have a site where you post thoughts such as these? I would be interested in hearing more of your ideas.

I tried looking up your name, but all I found was a dome living hippie, a Washington state web designer and TX inmate #99672-012.
Oh, and if you are the Texas inmate, that is not my torso in the picture.
As I understand it, we are five percent of the worlds population, but house twenty-five percent of the world s, umm, convicts?

Maybe other countries just get rid of their problems though.

As for the other, nothing that happens in the next ten years is going to surprise me.
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