The United States have more people in prison than any other country in the world. Why is this?
Well, the first thing that comes to mind is that someone is making a lot of money from this situation. One other reason is that a large percentage of people in prison are poor and cannot afford a good lawyer. One can look at the prison population and not see a proportionate number of rich people in it.
The justice system has gradually eroded some of our constitutionally guaranteed rights. One is that everyone is supposedly assumed innocent until proven guilty. This, however, is not the case, for if you don’t have the money to be released on bail, you must stay in jail until your day in court, with a public defender as counsel who has not spent a proper amount of time with the client.
There are always two sides to every story, and convictions are used as a re-election tool. I, for one, think it is time for the justice system to change its way of doing business.
retired public works manager
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