White House Admits — Locking People in Cages for Victimless Crimes is Devastating to the Economy
Washington D.C. — On Saturday, economists in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration released a report detailing the adverse effects on the economy derived from locking non-violent drug offenders and criminals behind bars.
For decades, a guiding philosophy of authoritarians was that locking more people up would result in less crime. This has created a prison state in the U.S., which represents 4.4% of the world’s population yet houses 22% of the world’s prisoners.
Since 1980 alone, the US prison population has skyrocketed by nearly 5 times.