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We Can’t Talk About America’s Prison Population Without Talking About The War on Drugs

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 3, 2008

    A recent report found that America leads the world in incarcerating its own citizens — with one in 99 Americans now behind bars.

    What it didn’t say is: “Since the mid-1990s, drug offenders have accounted for nearly 50 percent of the total federal prison population growth and some 40 percent of all state prison population growth.”

    You can read my full letter here.

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