By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
Today I’m going to share a great piece I saw this morning on CBS Sunday Morning called “Incarceration Nation“. The stats are stunning. America jails a higher percentage of it’s population than any other country on the planet. We account for 5% of the worlds population but 25% of the worlds inmates. It’s even more puzzling when our national crime rate has dropped by more than 40% over the last 20 years.
The story will make you think twice the next time you hear a politician trying to score cheap points by being “tough on crime.” The Texas legislature has made a push in recent years to alleviate the burden drug cases cause the system, yet the legislature continues to toughen it’s vice grip on other crimes with harsh mandatory minimum sentences and eliminating parole opportunities.
*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For legal advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly. Contacting the attorney through this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Communications through this blog are not confidential nor privileged.