Policing for Profit

Under Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws, police and prosecutors can seize one's property - cars, cash, even homes - without even charging them with a crime. Items are often sold to fund agency budgets. (See Wikipidia link for states actively involved.)

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In 1972, 350,000 Americans were imprisoned. In 2013, this number had grown to over 1.57 million. The US has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.

Banking On Bondage

Between 1990 and 2009, the populations of 'private prisons' shot up 1,600%. It was President Reagan’s Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 that kick started the prison boom.

Police Brutality On The Rise

Local police doctrine now dictates that public protests be treated as 'security threats'. That means peaceful demonstrations will be treated like prison riots. The doctrine allows wide latitude for abuse against citizens.

The United States 2.10 Million Prisoners

The U.S. has the highest prison population rate in the world at 714 people incarcerated per 100,000 of the national population.

The War On Drugs Is A War On You

Of the 1,561,231 arrests for drug law violations in 2014, 83.1% (1,297,384) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 16.9% (263,848) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug. 

Violent Crime Arrest v. Marijuana Arrest

2009 violent crime arrest total (including murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery,aggravated assault) 581,765. Simple marijuana possession arrest 758,593.