Presentation on theme: "Marijuana Decriminalization The First Step to Prison Reform."— Presentation transcript:
Marijuana Decriminalization The First Step to Prison Reform
“The only rational purpose for a prison is to restrain those who are violent, while we help them to change their behavior and return to the community.” - James Gilligan
The Numbers Prison population > population of Houston Correctional supervision > Chicago + Los Angeles
9 times more likely to be arrested for Marijuana
Felony conviction compromises rights. Employment – Very difficult for convicted felons to find jobs, as employers can LEGALLY discriminate based on criminal records. Voting – Felons can be banned from voting permanently even after completing their terms of incarceration, parole, and probation.
Cost to Taxpayers $10,615 per student $31,000 per inmate $9,052,000,000