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Don't mention that argument... (in the US at least.)

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:31:03 PM EST
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There is certainly some sociology out there on the "amplification of deviance" which argues that the presence of a large security industry dependent on the continuance of crime creates a situation where at least some crimes are created just to keep the industry expanding and "profitable".  Parliaments create a lot more new laws than they annul, legal precedents/rulings are creating new "offenses" all the time,  enforcement procedures can have the effect of turning innocent bystanders or minor offenders into more serious ones, Jails are "universities of crime" where prisoners are socialised into a criminal subculture etc. etc.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:47:58 PM EST
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Germany: We Demand: Heroin To Be Provided By The State

Horst Kruse, Police chief Bielefeld: "Traditional drug policy has failed. I believe, heroin provided by the state will initiate a change. Like it is in Zurich. Where drug addicts do not have to spend their time with chasing after drugs. Acquisitive criminality and offences form 20% of the all criminal offences which could then be curbed as well as social and health depravation. The problem of addiction would, of course, remain the same, but this is not to be solved by police efforts anyway."

Hans Dieter Klosa, police chief Hannover: "Since I started my work as police chief in Hannover, I voted for giving heroin to long term drug addicts. Traditional drug policy has lead us into a dead-end street. What we have to combat most nowadays is acquisitive criminality. But we cannot just accept that this forms such a large percentage of all criminal offences. Today, 60% of all robberies are committed by drug addicts - and that is only because of the wrong policy."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 06:00:45 PM EST
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