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petronius

(26,631 posts)
Fri Sep 2, 2016, 01:18 PM Sep 2016

Why Small Rural Counties Send More People to Prison (NY Times)

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer.

If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received drug treatment or probation, lawyers say.

But Mr. Gaddis lived in Dearborn County, Ind., which sends more people to prison per capita than nearly any other county in the United States. After agreeing to a plea deal, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Just a decade ago, people in rural, suburban and urban areas were all about equally likely to go to prison. But now people in small counties are about 50 percent more likely to go to prison than people in populous counties.

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Why Small Rural Counties Send More People to Prison (NY Times) (Original Post) petronius Sep 2016 OP
That prosecutor has got to go.............. mrmpa Sep 2016 #1

mrmpa

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1. That prosecutor has got to go..............
Fri Sep 2, 2016, 02:46 PM
Sep 2016

Drug courts do work, also in our county we have a court set up for military veterans, it's working. Incarceration for drug offenses just doesn't work.

Let's just legalize drugs, we would probably at by half cut crime.

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