I recently started a thread in the MPSIMS forum about a Florida Movie Theater Shooting that Left One Man Dead in an Altercation Over Texting.
Some of the posts in that thread discussed what would happen if the shooter (who was an elderly retired police captain) was imprisoned and the trend of soaring medical costs for imprisoning elderly people. That led to a discussion of some current trends (War on Drugs, Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes, Building more Prisons and Imprisoning More People (especially minorities like Black & Brown people, Latinos and Chicanos).
I stated the opinion that the costs of these trends were increasing at an ever accelerating rate and would bankrupt the taxpayers if some way wasn’t found to stop them.
That got me to remembering a wonderful film I recently saw titled, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs”. The title is tongue in cheek. It doesn’t try to promote the selling of drugs and encourage people to sell drugs. It was about how these current crazy trends are bankrupting the taxpayers.
IMO, it’s a wonderful movie. But many people may disagree. It seems to be part documentary although I’m not sure how much of it is a documentary. It may not be a great film from the usual movie-making perspective (although it did get 7.8 rating on IMDB which is a very high rating.
I loved this film think that if you are interested in these issues, you will find it to be extremely interesting.
As far as these trends go, some people expressed concern over the number of prisons being built and the soaring medical costs for elderly prisoners.
Recently I’ve seens some celebrities (like Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and others) express their disgust over the failure of the war on drugs and how it is actually a war on poor people - especially minorities.
The current trends are:
Imprison more people (especially minorities) for drug offenses and to imprison them for longer periods of time. This results in building more prisons and hiring more prison guards.
Soaring taxes to pay for all these new prisons, prison guards and the cost of housing prisoners which includes their medical costs.
The USA currently imprisons a greater percentage of its population than any other nation in the world. It’s not even close.
What are other countries to make of a nation that claims to be a lover of freedom if it keeps so much of its population behind bars?
Recently, it seems that more and more states are looking to scrapping some of these drug laws. Is it too little too late? Or is there still hope we can stop these crazy trends?
If nothing else, I would like to recommend this film to you all. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.