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Report: Number Of Elderly Prisoners Compounding Faster Than Ever

January 30, 2012 by  

Report: Number Of Elderly Prisoners Compounding Faster Than Ever

A special report produced by Human Rights Watch finds that the number of people sentenced to Federal and State prison who are age 65 and older grew 94 times faster than the total sentenced prisoner population between 2007 and 2010.

During those same years, says the report, the older prison population increased by 65 percent, while the total prison population increased by only 0.7 percent. The United States has the largest prison population in the world — 2.3 million — as the result of decades of “tough on crime” policies, an expanding number of life-sentence crimes and tougher parole requirements in recent years.

The factors contributing to the growing number of prisoners also contribute to the number of people who are imprisoned at older ages or are likely to grow old in prison, according to the report. The increasing age of the prison population is currently driving up prison costs in a trend that is likely to continue unless policies change, the organization says. Recommendations in the report include conducting reviews of inmates who are physically incapacitated by age and no longer a threat to society, and a review of sentencing and release laws and practices to determine which can be adjusted to reduce the elderly prisoner population without risking public safety.

”A burgeoning geriatric prisoner population has important financial, practical, and moral implications for all Americans, not just those incarcerated. The United States should consider whether such a population is something that the country wants or needs. Human Rights Watch believes it is neither,” the report says.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    ‘Tough on crime’ might sound good, but I’d say it’s been much more like ‘utterly soft on crime.’ Serving time behind bars is way too much like three hots, a cot and a different kind of vacation. As long as you know how to survive living in a captive setting, being behind bars may be a better life for some. There’s much to be said for a dullish consistency and a mind-numbing routine.
    I prefer to believe that if felons had to pay their way to be behind bars, and if they were ‘housed’ in a place that was more like a Mexican prison, more people would have found reasons to avoid going to any vertical bar hotel.
    It’s such a CRYING SHAME that we don’t have very many politicians in prison(s). If we apply PETA logic to those who find their way into a prison, it wouldn’t be fair to “separate” politicians and their criminal brothers and sisters. It would be like breaking up a family unit. And as the people at PETA “know” [and will TELL you], it’s not nice to break up a “family.” It’s just NOT compassionate.

    • Robert Smith

      From the article: “Recommendations in the report include conducting reviews of inmates who are physically incapacitated by age and no longer a threat to society, and a review of sentencing and release laws and practices to determine which can be adjusted to reduce the elderly prisoner population without risking public safety.”

      Put ‘em on the street without a job, health care, or money for food. That’s gonna fix things (not).


      • AnneOnymous

        Also I can see it now.. That little wimp Manson, going out in a wheel chair.. Finding the first pay phone and calling up more brain numb kids to do his killing for him.. Oh yes, let’s do that.

        • esther

          Surely letting out a mind controling murderer like Manson would be a mistake. But I think they are talking about letting old prisoners out who have lesser charges than murder.

  • Michael J.

    Those who will not be converted, those who were not tutored by socialist professors and are not swayed by MSM propoganda will be marginalized by other means.

  • CP

    sc, it is more than obvious that you have never spent a day behind bars. What you seem to think is a life of leasure to most people would be an unbearable burden. About the only thing you can count on being the same is the lack of care you receive, and the inconsistancy of the rules you live by. As it is now, in Missouri, at least, you repay the state for every minute you spend in one of their fine institutions of correction. Depending on exactly which camp you are assigned to, the cost will vary between fifteen and thirty thousand dollars a year, to be subtracted from any income you have that isn’t protected by federal law. You had a few thousand in savings to see you through your final years? Not when you leave prison. You inherited some money while you were in? Never see a penny of it. Some goes into prison in their fifties and comes out at about seventy will only have social security and ssi to live on, and most likely will be paroled to a nursing home where they won’t even get that.

    • rockylrue

      It is amazing to me how punitive the general public has been trained to be. There is no such thing as “luxury” and prison to the common citizen held there! It is yet another of the great shams played and sold to the taxpayers.

      While I could go thesis, the short end of the stick is incarceration is a vastly profitable enterprise (yes, there are stockholders) with no risk since the public tax pays all the bills while those running the show get all the profits. As a business owner, you can “buy” Inmate Call Centers, food products and a host of other slave labor the system dishes out. Check out Corrections Corporation of America, for one. After, of course, asset forfeiture laws have stripped the “offender” of all assets never to be recovered again. Nor are the proceeds ever returned to the taxpayers!

      Then, of course, there is the armed brutality….children in for life. Makes any thinking person wonder who is REALLY the criminal!

      There are bad people in this world but I can’t see that they trail far behind those who choose to remain ignorant.

      2.3 million people now…what about those who have been? Multiply that number by $38,000 to over $100,000 (pick your stat) and that’s the ponzi scam to the taxpayers.

  • Donald LaFace

    To SC,..The American justice System is practically owned and operated for profit..Are you aware of how many prisons are privately owned and offer investment to such as Judges and Prosecutors?..You mention prisons like Mexico…yeah they’re bad..if you have money you can buy creature comforts add to this no death penalty and very very seldom a life sentence, in America..where if you rob someone with threat of bodily genrally get 5-20 years but if you’re caught growing pot..20 to life!!( please pardon my arthritic typing down to 2 fingers now,)..Yes too bad there aren’t too many politicians in prison…gives one an idea who runs the system…

    • Robert Smith

      Posted: “but if you’re caught growing pot..20 to life!!”

      It’s a god created weed (for those who believe) that does way less harm than alcohol. It shouldn’t be illegal.

      NOBODY should be in jail for pot unless they were giveing / selling it to a kid. The rules should pretty much copy the ruls for alcohol.


      • http://naver samurai

        Keep it illegal Rob. No exceptions! No straying from the path! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        P.S. God didn’t grow they plant so we could smoke it, get high, and become less intelligent after constant abuse of the drug.

        • AnneOnymous

          That’s right.. We can be idiots without smoking.. Oh wait! That’s been there all the time. Imagine viewing Reefer Madness as a documentary.. Now THAT’S wonderfully idiotic..

          • http://naver samurai

            Anyone that smokes this stuff for “recreational” use is being stupid, so what’s your point? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Mark in LA

    Much of the elderly in jail is due to the drug laws. We have lifetime drug abusers going in and out of prison. We really need to look at the drug laws and what it is costing us. Yes, there is violence related to drugs, but mostly by the criminals fighting other criminals over turf. The war on drugs is a massive failure.

    • Scott in SC

      Mark and Donald thanks for injecting a dose of reality into the conversation. These ignorant fox news worshippers don’t have a clue what life is trully like in prison. The private prisons are just the tip; state run prisons use a host of private for profit contractors to provide services. In our county we have three prisons and they are building a fourth and our population is only 100,000. It is big business and all about profits. Those “three hots’ consist of baloney sandwiches three times a day. At a cost of 20 cents it may sound good to some until you find out the taxpayer is being charged 5-10 dollars per “meal” by these private contractors.

      • eddie47d

        A state prison in Ohio was just bought for $73 million and is now fully private. Private prisons are not better and they cost more to run so why would anyone invest or buy into one. Two words: Cash Cow! The state still gets the tab so it’s nothing but a racket.

  • Phyllis

    Prisoners get free medicines and care and food and entertainment. Elderly have to pay up to ten thousand a month to live in a nursing home. They must pay for everything unless they never worked, then it is virtually free after they take there Entitlements. Often families go broke caring for them. Seems backasswards!

    • eddie47d

      I would hardly call a TV entertainment for prisoners only continued boredom. The food is mostly lousy and medicine is difficult to get. At .23 cents a day ($4.83 a month) is hardly enough to buy even basics. Many prisoners have to pay for there own sundries.

    • 1955thekeeper

      I work in the penitentiary system as a Correctional Officer. And you folks just don’t know the half of what this economy is doing to our country. The vast majority of elderly prisoners are in the system for indecency with a child or pedophilia. Great-uncle Pete is alleged to have had inappropriate relations with his 2 year old niece. Or Grand Pa Jimmy was “caught” touching his grand son in the bath tub by his son and daughter-in-law. Both of these scenarios are but the tip of the iceberg in a new generation of “kids” who don’t have the resources to take care of their elderly family members. Especially if they are male. So lots of innocent men are being kicked to the “State’s Curb” by trumping up allegations that they were indecent with their own family members solely for the reason that to keep them housed with them or try to put them up in a managed care facility would wreck most household’s fragile finances. Charges are often filed on men too old to mount a viable defense. Think that this is made up? I have seen elderly men who were once held in high esteem by their families and communities fall upon hard times only to become financial burdens for their children. Their own children or grandchildren will file charges on them around the act of pedophilia. The end result is that the state, not the families, have to take care of Uncle Pete and Grand Pa until they die and in some cases, the state buries them as well when no one comes to claim the body. This practice is growing everyday in this country. Not because of drug addiction, real acts of indecency with children, or any other felony commission, these elderly men are entering a system they will never leave alive, because we have an economy which has allowed our society to dump its responsibility to take care and maintain the best of our culture until their final days onto the backs of the taxpayer in the form of state sanctioned incarceration. What sorry people are in this world and what sad times we live in.

      • DaBudaMasta

        You could be right on the button, can you support your claims with verifiable state statistical data to prove your point?

  • Suoertad108

    Donald hit the nail on the head. Unless we get a grip on our prison system and the corruption involved we ALL as Americans will be in jail. This is NOT an issue of crime but of profit.

    • Mark Are

      There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

      • Mark in LA

        There is a book “Three Felonies a Day” about this.

    • Robert Smith

      We really need to evaluate what folks are sent to prizen for.

      Pot shouldn’t be a crime.

      Driving while intoxicated (by anything, including Nyquil): Immediate 7 day sentence. Get caught again: Immediate 14 day sentence. Caught again: Immediate 30 day sentence. That’s just for DUI. Hurt someone all bets are off and it in for longer.

      AND! It’s almost immediate. Go to court first busiiness day. DUI and you are gone. No appeal, no treatment, not nothing for those 7 days.

      For most folks that immediate justice will get their attention. No loopholes for movie stars and the 1%, etc.

      If someone is behind the wheel DUI America MUST slap quick and certain justice.

      Ain’t behind the wheel (or other dangerous passtime) it isn’t anyone’s business what that influance might be. They don’t belong in jail for simply smoking a joint or taking a pill.


      • http://naver samurai

        Rob, knock off the drug nonsnse. I only shows just how less intelligent you are. How would they keep such things from children? California tried giving to people with a doctor’s perscription, but that didn’t work. If fact, the FBI and DEA raided many of them and now they are closed. No popping sound yet? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • copsarecriminals

    Yeah I hate to tell some of u tough on crime types, but u are the next on the list for the life of leisure u speak of, that gun of yours is going to be the excuse they use to make u a “criminal” then u can watch fox news on the prison tv u bought for 200.00 dollars and cost 10.00 in the free market, its a money and power thing, prison and drug war are eating much more money than the dole, hell the gov, state steals 80 percent of all money going into prison funding, the dole is harder to take so do the math

    • GRusling

      Son, I don’t know where you’re from but you need to elect some better “COPS,” wherever it is. Down here the “Police” teach our Concealed Carry courses and encourage everyone to get a gun and learn how to use it! They’ll be the first ones to tell you that they have NO CHANCE of preventing crime (only someone on the spot can do that), and their job is just to round up the perpetrators “after the fact.”

      Be careful how you pigeonhole Police Officers, because there are a lot of good ones out here in fly-over country…

      • Mark Are

        So let me ask you…say I am crazy enough to think the Founding Fathers were telling the government in the 2nd amendment that I have a right from birth to defend myself by whatever means necessary and I decide I want to use a gun. And I decide that I am taking to heart THEIR law in the Constitution that says…THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED and then I carry a firearm WITHOUT going to some MAN and asking PERMISSION to exercise my RIGHT? Guess what…all those wonderful cops you speak about will use VIOLENCE against me to CAGE me for exercising my RIGHTS. ALL OF THEM. So I agree with the guy above you. WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO ASK SOME MAN AND PAY SOME FEE FOR PERMISSION TO DO WHAT IS MY RIGHT TO DO IN THE FIRST PLACE???

        • James

          The 2nd Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” is a restriction on Congress, not the States. States have police power to regulate concealed carry and, generally, how guns are used.

          • http://naver samurai

            The right answer. Thanks so much for telling the truth on this matter. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Houdini1984

            So, by your logic, I assume that the states could choose to pass legislation restricting your other federally-protected Constitutional rights as well, eh? Maybe choose to deny you a trial by jury, or stifle your freedom of speech?

            For that matter, why even have a Ninth and Tenth Amendment?

          • http://naver samurai

            Houdini? I think you need to just disappear. There are the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution, but what James said is correct. You can’t allow anyone to carry a weapon without the proper paperwork. Certain individuals, like ex-cons and others, do not have the right to bear arms. This is a mandate in every state in the Union, so what is your point? These are just some of the reasons they do these things in each state. Read the Constitution again and find out what it really says. No such thing as if it feels good, do it. Not by our founding principles or Christian founding. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Mark Are

    I wonder how many of these older prisoners are there because they violated the Non Aggression Principle? That is, they committed an act that damaged someone in their life, liberty or property? Or are the majority of them there for some thought crime? Or crime against the “state”?

    • Robert Smith

      Often the police / prosicuters will “make weight” with bunches of charges for a particular incident. Then individually they need to be bargined or tried for.

      The sad part is that if pot were legal the money would dry up and it wouldn’t be worth shooting someone for street corners, etc. Nobody would have to steel my car radio to get it…

      Where pot is legal the use of harder drugs goes DOWN.


      • http://naver samurai

        Would you stop with the pot lies, rhetoric, and innuendo. Care to cite a source that would show you are correct or is this just another of you many wild assumptions? No drugs! No exceptions! No straying from the path! Enough said! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • POTUS

          What a bunch of Samurai Idiots.. Does your mother know you two are loose on the world? I think if you had two brains you would be twice as stupid.

          • http://naver samurai

            Me thinks that I knowest who this foul beast is, but luckily I shall not rise to the occasion and take the bait. Have a good day poopsie! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Mark Are

    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.

  • DoctorBob

    The American “justice” system is absolutely, unequivocally PATHETIC! Incarceration should be used ONLY for dangerous prisoners, those who would harm others if they were free. But this includes many Psychopaths and Sociopaths, and their problem is part anti-social violence, and part mental illness! To simply go out and arrest Grandpa or Grandma because they did something that had mitigating circumstances, all in the name of “tough on crime,” speaks volumes for the breakdown of our society’s INjustice system. Many of todays “crimes” were NOT crimes when these older people were young, and I believe it’s natural for those people to now say, “HEY! Why did they change that law? I’ve been doing that for YEARS!” This government is shifting to a Socialist, Central Government system at an alarming rate, destroying individual freedoms as they go. There is hardly anything you do today that doesn’t violate SOME ordinance somewhere. Pass out Christian literature, be arrested. Carry a firearm for self-defense without the approval of Big Brother, go to prison. Smoke a vegetable, go to prison. Have a few drinks and walk down the street with an unsteady gait, go to jail. Engage in protest against this government, be arrested and go to jail. Spit on the sidewalk, go to jail. Allow your grass to grow too tall, go to jail. Stockpile more than 7 days worth of food, be arrested for “hoarding.” STOP!!! STOP with the INSANITY! I am old enough to look back at how it USED to be, and to see that we have fallen under the claws of a vicious dictatorship that DEMANDS your UNQUESTIONED compliance with any and every edict they come down with. Things I used to do without a second thought 50 or 60 years ago would get me sent to jail today. That’s not right! That’s NOT the America I grew up in! I WANT AND DEMAND ***ALL*** of my Constitutional rights, and I DEMAND that government follow MY orders, NOT the other way around. I don’t work for the government; the government works for ME! How DARE they incarcerate me because I do something that displeases them? So long as I have harmed no one else in the process (and I don’t mean “offended,” I mean HARMED), then I should have the FULL RIGHT to do whatever that might be. To quote Howard Beals from the movie Network, “I’m mad as he11, and I’m not going to take this any more!” Instead of jail for Grandpa, provided he hasn’t killed anyone, I suggest jail for these dictatorial POLITICIANS! How do you like them apples, politicians? You little worms!

  • Raggs

    I hear that the UN is going to be put in charge of mental and substance abuse issues here in the US… All part of oblamacare…
    If this happens than the prison population will be in the 100′s of millions.

  • ranger hall

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Well lets see.
    BUT IT COSTS US MONEY, For us to excercise our Rights.
    The crooks do not require PERMITS. And if they have a record they sure are not going to APPLY….SOOO us Honest citizens have allowed the Police departments that we Pay for Take away our RIGHTS.
    BUT we have been letting them RUN US, NOT US RUNNING THEM for TO,TO Many years. To Have our RIGHTS should not RESTRICT US OR COST US MONEY. END OF STORY>

    • 45caliber

      I’m not sure where you live, but it can’t be Texas.

  • William

    People, please, if anything, we need to increase the enforcement of our marijuana laws. How else are we going to keep up the war on drugs? Just think of all the police officers, DEA, DOJ, Corrections officers…… would be out of jobs. Do you want our unempolyment figures to double?

    And just think of all the drug money that goes to enhancing police department revenues when they make a big bust not to mention the little payoffs (ok bribes) that go to some enforcers…How else are they going to supplement their SS when they retire? You know the Police Pension funds are going broke.

    • http://naver samurai

      Care to cite sources on that? I know police officers at our church and none of them do the things you have mentioned. Just another wasted pothead. No drugs! No exceptions! No straying from the path! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • ranger hall

    WELL, WE allowed this to happen.
    LETS Look at what we have done. AFGANISTAN was before we TOOK OVER, Had the lowest CRIME Rates of Most all Countries in the WORLD, They Did not Have An American JUSTICE SYSTEM. They had a SIMPLE System based on RIGHT OR WRONG, PUNISHMENT BASED ON THE CRIME, BUT NO PRISON TIME. NO spending YEARS To Dole out JUSTICE for Major crimes, MINOR Crimes Had Basic Punishment that WORKED, Mostly done in Public.WHIPPINGS, FINGERS, HANDS, DEATH. Simple AND IT WORKS, All crimes handled locally, by local People. NO PRISONS, NO LAWYERS, NO BILLIONS OF TAX PAYERS MONEY, NO PROFIT FOR THE SYSTEM. JUST LOCAL JUSTICE.

    • 45caliber


      Don’t believe the crime reports of other countries, not even the civilized ones. Afghanistan is a good example. For instance, it was NOT a crime to shoot prisoners there so this is not reported as a crime. No actions against anyone suspected of breaking a religious law is considered a crime either. And none of the people who try to keep up with crime was allowed into the country. All the info they had came from papers given them by the Taliban. It is the same with most countries of the world. The US is almost the only country to allow Human Rights Watch to go where they will. So any attempt to compare their crime rates to ours is totally wrong.

    • 1955thekeeper

      I work in the criminal justice system at its lowest levels, in the prisons. You have to be insane to say the things you did. I don’t want a mob of idiots meting out “justice” in the ally beside my house by cutting off my right hand simply because I was accused of a crime. If this is truly the way you feel, well, you’re an idiot.

  • ranger hall

    THE UN, Man What a Joke, But folks the Joke is on US. ONE of these days do not be surprised if the UN FLAG FLYS HIGHER than The STARS and STRIPES.
    WE all know the Drug Wars DO NOT WORK< They are not suppose TO WORK.

    • Mom Henning

      No more drug problems: if individuals would simply exercise self control and just say NO to drugs, the street variety as well as mind altering meds available from the pusher in white, all would be well, it seems to me. Reality is for those who can’t handle drugs. Incidentally, sleep deprivation or cell phone use behind the wheel are on a par with, and sometimes worse than the effects of alcohol on alertness and driving skills. Should these folks get busted too?

    • James

      It is already. President Obama attacked Libya to enforce a United Nation Resollution. He had no authority from Congress at all.

  • Michael F Douglas

    So does this mean that we have to release Charles Manson? He is 70+ years old.Also what about Richard Ramirez (“the night stalker”).He is 60+ years old.Should we release these 2 psychopaths? Liberals are mentally ill!!!

    • Jimmy the Greek

      He should have got out years ago ! he never put a finger on any of them people .

      • POTUS

        That’s true.. He simply got somebody’s sons and daughters to do it for him and if he’s released, yours could be next.. How about that?

  • 45caliber

    The main reason that we have such a large prison population is that we do not execute our prisoners – and we have great prisons. In most countries of the world, the prisoners seldom live 20 years because of the harsh prison conditions. Many countries demand that the families of the prisoners provide all their necessary items such as clothing, blankets, etc. which many times the guards take. Food is also sometimes a requirement – and if it isn’t provided the prisoners starve.

    Our prisons, instead, serve nutricious food, the supplies are free to the prisoners, and they have a good measure of protection from other prisoners and guards. They seldom have to work very hard and have all sorts of laws to govern how they are treated. Many prisoners PREFER to remain prisoners. As one prisoner stated to me once, “I get my food and clothes, I have my bed, and I have you to wait on me.”

  • 45caliber

    Has anyone considered that the prison system is an excellent way to retire – particularly if you have property you wish to leave to your children and have medical problems?

    If you go to jail, your property goes to your heirs. If you go to a nursing home, it goes to the nursing home owners. If you have serious medical conditions, what you can had done is controlled by how much money you can pay. In prison, it is all free and you get the best because some judge has said we must provide it to the prisoners. And you no longer have to worry about bills. I know of several men who have committed crimes simply for this reason – and I know of others who have mentioned that this is certainly an option for extended medical care.

    • Shootin’ Bum

      As far as prison being a possible retirement plan, review the pertinent article. When you are too old and sick to be much of a threat to society then they will turn you out with no support. Then, wade through the resulting morass of mandatory meetings with parole officers, loss of civil rights, etc. and I don’t think that you’ll find that prison is EVER a good career move.

      I suppose that you could avoid all that and hope to be sent back to jail, or commit more crimes to get sent back, but face it – the system is rigged against you.

      • 45caliber


        Here in Texas, they don’t turn you out. It was suggested a few years ago to send them to a nursing home but some politician pointed out that the prison is their home and the other men there are their friends – so they remain. And, since they remain, they get better care than they would in a nursing home.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    The longest time anyone should get should be seven years ! even if you killed the president !

    • 45caliber

      If seven years was a deterent to the criminals I might agree. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

      One example – a man was arrested for robbing a convenience store 45 minutes after being released from prison. He needed money to buy cocaine since he had none.

      If you were to work in a prison for a few weeks you would quickly learn that most prisoners (not all) have a mental problem. You do NOT want them out on the street regardless of what they have been convicted of doing and how long they were sentenced since they will immediately commit another crime and usually a more violent one regardless of how long they were in jail.

    • POTUS

      What a blithering moron.

  • Big Jim

    Lets face it we are already in a prison built by society doomed to fail like so many before us have proven GREED consumes everything….

  • Leslie

    This is disgusting. The truth is that most in prison are innocent. For those who think this is a great way to retire, you should try it. It is not a holiday.
    I do not understand why the majority of people are not out raged at such injustice. The system it self is totally corrupt run by the real criminals. It is time to release the innocent and put the real criminals in their place. Being the fraudulant government, the thieving bankers and corporations, who go out of their way to poison and control you. Not to mention the minions supporting this inhumane system.

    • 45caliber


      I don’t know where you are getting your info but I can assure you that most of the criminals in prison here in Texas are most certainly NOT innocent. I do agree that many who are out (and presently hold some politicial office) should be there too, however. And, as a former prison guard, I can assure you the only real troubles about being in prison in the US are 1) you can’t see your family and friends as you’d like (not always a problem) and 2) the people you have to associate with while in there.

      • rockylrue

        Check with The Innocence Project…Amnesty International or You will find there are a lot of innocent people behind bars. Did you miss the TEXAS Morton case? Among many more.

  • http://PersonalLibertydigest Floyd

    Not all persons incarcerated should be there. I waqs found guilty of contempt and did 27 days of a 30 day senrence. I had a heart attack and had to wait for a escort officer on call. The officers at the jail knew of my heart problems and I carried my own nitro pills and they had my aspirns and would not give me one. The EMS told the officer that my EKG showed my heart attack in graphs that scared the officer and the on call officer agreed to meet the EMS and I at the hospital. My heart stopped twice and the DR said just befor the first stoppage that I wasn’t having a heart attack and the EMS showed the officer my EKG and said if you take him back he’ll diew soon. I was sent to a cath lab in the next big city on a chopper. The cath team started stripping me for a stent on the landing pad I was out of the hospital on the 30th day of my contempt charge. I went to the sheriff office and the sheriff told me the county wouldn’t pay for an escort in the jail or an on call doctor going in I didn’t see a doctor just a nurse of course she was married to the capt in charge of the jail. I was on 3 heart meds and several times there was missing pills and no one was intersted on where the pills went to. The reason pot is illegal is the small group of people who smuggle it in to the country and then there is all the offocers of the courts cops jailer, lawyers, judges and don’t forget the politicion that make the laws. Just resonly the Veterans administration announce that if pot was legal in a state then the VA would not test Veterans for the drug WOW does the goverment Know something that the goodies and liberals doesn’t know. and the FEDS amd Dea did raid places in the land of the fruits and nuts but the state let the people resume business after wards. I beleive that death and rape should get the death penlty and the rest should be n work release to pay for their damage and if you run then you go to a workcamp 18 hours a day and seven days a week at 7.25 anhour until all cost are paid including the jail up keep. Only in America do we pay to keep people up incarcerated and no cost to the criminal just as we do for education, welfar, and the goverement employees and the unions while honest poor people work for slave wages and they pay plenty of taxes on every dime they make.

  • RCCollins

    Why don’t we just make em’ (the convicts that is) run for congress or senate or just about any other “public” office so that they can join their peers that are already “working” for the people? After which we can simply turn over all of our rights, all of our money and best of all give em’ our children. After they cull us down to a managable population level then we can all rest assured that everything was done to guarantee a safe and sound earth for those who are left.
    The End.


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