Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Depressing Percentages

" At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group." (source)

It blows my mind that I still talk to so many teens and young 20's that refuse to wear condoms and have never been tested...for anything. I hate that so many girls still think a pap smear checks for STDs. I hate that both HPV and Chlamydia can have no physical symptoms, and if left untreated can cause sterility and/or cancer.

--and--

"For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs.

The report, released today by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said."
(source)

Whenever I hear statistics like this, or read a story about some child predator getting minimal jail time...I can't help but wonder why we have SO many non-violent drug offenders behind bars. Legalize the drugs, empty the prisons of users (saving taxpayers TONS on inmate costs and building/staffing new prisons), tax the hell out of them (lessoning the taxpayers burden once again), regulate them, eliminate the need for synthetics like methamphetamines and concentrate on more important things. Nervous about legalizing drugs? Compare America's addiction rates to those in The Netherlands.

I know...how very un-Conservative of me. Wrong, Conservative government is key...conservation of legislation is where it's at folks.

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