The Failed War On Drugs: Keeping Prisons Full


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Why does the United States — supposedly the “Land of the Free” (haha) — have the highest incarceration rate on the planet?

Four words: the War on Drugs.

The money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education for the past two decades.

Guess what you get when you prepare for a society of criminals by spending more on prisons than on schools?

Yep — surprise, surprise, you get what you pay for.

The criminalization of recreational drug use is a big part of what keeps incarceration rates high, and private, for-profit prisons profitable.