Monday, November 8, 2004

we're doing drugs this week class. the topic reminds me of a couple of books that look really good:

Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It and Drug Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

related new story: The number of women in state and federal prisons is at an all-time high and growing fast, with the incarceration rate for females increasing at nearly twice that of men, the government reported Sunday.
Overall, men are still far more likely than women to be in jail or prison, and black men are more likely than any other group to be locked up...Longer sentences, especially for drug crimes, and fewer prisoners granted parole or probation are main reasons for the expanding U.S. prison population...Year by year, the number of women incarcerated grew an average of 5 percent, compared to an average annual increase of 3.3 percent for men...More than 44 percent of all sentenced male inmates were black, and many of them were young.

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