Reducing Prison Population DOES Reduce Crime

From Nicole Flatow of ThinkProgress:

The report bolsters the notion that locking up the wrong people doesn’t improve public safety. In fact, “smart on crime” policies not only minimize punishment toward non-violent offenders; they can also re-allocate resources toward violent crime.

No big surprise here. The “tough on crime” policies of the 70s don’t work.

Over-Policing at its Finest: Marijuana Arrest Stats Tell a Grim Story

ACLU research only confirms what we already know: the large proportions of African Americans in prison has nothing to do with some made up increased propensity to commit crime. While research shows that whites and African Americans use marijuana at the same rate, African Americans are FOUR TIMES more likely to get arrested than whites.