Archive for July 7th, 2013


Because it will feel so good when we stop (2)

July 7, 2013

End drug prohibition now. From Mark Perry’s blog Carpe Diem.


Thanks to the Drug War, the US incarcerates more of its own people than any country in the world except maybe N. Korea

The chart above shows the breakdown of the current federal inmate population by type of offense, according to the most recent data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There are currently 90,043 Americans serving time in federal prisons for drug crimes, which is by far the No. 1 offense that results in a federal jail sentence (see chart). Drug offenders make up almost half (47.1%) of our federal inmate population of 218,171, and that helps explain why the US retains its status as the World’s No.1 Jailer with a prison population of 713 per 100,000 population, more than even any of the world’s most notorious and oppressive regimes like Myanmar (120 per 100,000 population), Cuba (510 per 100,000 population), and Iran (333 per 100,000). The only country that might challenge the US as the world’s No. 1 jailer is North Korea. Although information is limited, North Korea’s incarceration rate is estimated to be between 600-800 per 100,000 population.


What Fifth Amendment?

July 7, 2013

Gwinnett County, Georgia has a “no refusals” policy when it comes to testing for DUI/DWI.

No one wants to defend drunk drivers. If a drunken driver harmed a member of my family, I’d be thirsting for blood.

But the Fifth Amendment reads, "No person […] shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself […]." Gwinnett County’s policy seems a pretty clear violation of the Fifth Amendment to me.

Here in Missouri, the first refusal to take a breathalyzer (or urine) test results in a one-year suspension of the driver’s license. Georgia’s law appears to be similar (or harsher). Both states base their laws on the ‘implied consent’ drivers grant to obtain a license in the first place.

The lawmen in Gwinnett County might want to read up on Missouri v. McNeely: Trouble for Implied Consent Laws?

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