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40 Bad Reasons for Prison Statistics Pt. 3

Do you agree with Quigley’s ideas about prison?

Two down, here goes #3 in my series on Bill Quigley’s liberal rant about 40 reasons there are so many black and poor people in prison.  He’s failed to come up with anything impressive so far, it’s just empty excuses for why we should ignore the facts and go with emotional platitudes.  Maybe this time will be better.  No, I don’t think so either.

Twenty-One. Lots of poor people plead guilty.

Yup, lots of black people, lots of white people, lots of rich people, lots of poor people, lots of young people and lots of old people.  Again, so what?  Is Bill suggesting that these people are too stupid not to do that?  That they haven’t been advised by their public defender not to do that if they aren’t actually guilty of the crime?  I’m not sure what he’s getting at here.

Twenty-Two. Many are forced to plead guilty.

Forced, huh?  At gunpoint?  I’d like to see Quigley support that one.  Nobody is ever forced to plead guilty.  They do it because they are guilty.

Twenty-Three. Almost nobody in prison ever had a trial.

That’s because they chose to plead guilty.  Nobody forced them to.  They could have had a trial if they wanted.  They just knew that the system had them dead to rights and they were actually guilty of the crime they were accused of.  Actually, in a lot of instances, there’s a plea deal to keep them from actually being convicted of the real crime they committed, rather they get to plead down to a lesser charge.  Personally, I dislike this practice, I think if you commit crime X, you ought to be prosecuted for crime X and if found guilty, imprisoned for crime X.  Only being held accountable for crime X-1 is absurd.   The only reason they do it is because the courts are overcrowded.  Quigley ought to be thankful, not mad.

Twenty-Four. Poor people get jail and jail makes people worse off.

Jail makes everyone worse off.  It’s not supposed to be a holiday.  It’s supposed to suck.  You’re not supposed to want to go there.  Is this news?

Twenty-Five. Average prison sentences are much longer than they used to be, especially for people of color.

Really?  Please show us the sentencing guidelines that give different lengths for people based on their skin color.  This is just ludicrous.  Quigley says that drug crimes now bring longer in prison and that 70% of people in prison for drug crimes are black or poor.  Again, simple solution, stop dealing drugs.  Stop using drugs.  Solved your problem right there.  In fact, if drug use wasn’t an epidemic among the poor, a lot of them probably wouldn’t be poor to begin with.  Yeah, I know, liberals don’t like real world solutions.

Twenty-Six. There is about a 70 percent chance that an African American man without a high school diploma will be imprisoned by the time he reaches his mid-thirties; the rate for white males without a high school diploma is 53 percent lower.

And that’s because blacks commit crimes at a greater rate than whites.  Remember the FBI statistics that I presented a couple of days ago?  Blacks, who make up 12% of the overall American population, commit 49.4% of the murders.  They commit 31.3% of the rapes.  They commit 56.4% of the robberies.  In fact, there are very few categories of crime where they commit less than 12% of the crimes.  Across all categories, they commit an average of 28.4% of all crimes of record kept by the FBI.  This is not a crime-free bunch, being handed a “Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not collect $200” card.  They have earned their treatment by violating the law.  I’d like to present similar statistics by economic class but I haven’t been able to find official sources where the FBI or other group is measuring crimes by income.  I wouldn’t think that it’s significantly different though, although I welcome actual data to examine that says otherwise.

Twenty-Seven. Almost one of 12 Black men ages 25 to 54 are in jail or prison, compared to one in 60 nonblack men.

And… don’t commit crimes.  Yeah, I know, I could just answer that for most of these and take the rest of the day off but that’s too easy.  The fact is, there is a ghetto culture in America that has been adopted, not just by poor blacks but by the poor of many racial groups, that has ruined a lot of people.  It doesn’t value education.  It doesn’t value responsibility.  It pushes people into a life of crime, a life of drugs and gangs and single parenthood.  If  you want to blame anything for the state of the poor in this country, blame that idiotic culture, something that’s pushed by a lot of vocal, and wealthy, black leaders as a means of keeping the poor and downtrodden reliant on them.  Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a mint keeping the black man down. It’s their schtick.  Regardless, so long as this poisonous ghetto culture continues, the poor are going to remain victims.

Twenty-Eight. Prison has become a very big private business.

This may be one of the few times in this list I will agree.  I don’t think private prisons ought to exist, if we’re going to hold people accountable to the law and put them away, we ought to pay for it directly.  Society needs to be just as accountable as the criminals.  We need to get rid of private prisons entirely.

Twenty-Nine. The Sentencing Project reports that over 159,000 people are serving life sentences in the U.S. Nearly half are African American and one in six are Latino.

So what?  All that means is that an inordinately large number of people that have committed serious crimes, or a string of serious crimes, are black or Hispanic.  Welcome to reality.  I thought this was supposed to be a list of reasons it was happening unfairly.  I haven’t seen one yet.

Thirty. Inside prisons, the poorest people are taken advantage of again as most items such as telephone calls to families are priced exorbitantly high, some as high as $12.95 for a 15 minute call, further separating families.

If they don’t want their families separated, say it with me, they shouldn’t have committed the crimes in the first place.  Broken record, I know, but it’s the truth that Quigley refuses to acknowledge.  They aren’t taken advantage of, they already screwed themselves over by breaking the law.  It’s called consequences.  I know that word doesn’t appear in liberal dictionaries.

I really thought that by now, he might have something useful to say but I guess not.  All he’s trying to do is make excuses for why black culture and ghetto culture has failed in America.  We all acknowledge it, well except for the liberals who would call everything I have to say racism because I’m not giving these people a pass.  I hold everyone equally responsible.  I expect equal treatment under the law.  If you don’t want to end up behind bars, live a responsible life.  Like that’s ever going to happen.

Spinning Gun Violence Numbers

Police Gun Deaths

I really hate people with agendas, although it’s something that you see every day and many are so used to it that they don’t recognize that it’s happening at all.  This is an image that popped up on Facebook and has spread around the Interwebtubes, but which is exactly the kind of thing that I’m talking about.

It tries to compare police shootings from the U.S., Germany, Great Britain and Japan and attempts to shock people at how many police shootings there were in the U.S. Sorry, it’s all bullshit.

First off, both Great Britain and Japan’s police officers do not carry firearms on a regular basis, hence there are very few police-involved shootings.  Note the infographic specifies shootings, not police-involved deaths.  This makes it inherently dishonest to compare the United States, a nation where police carry guns, with two nations where their police do not.

Secondly, while German police do carry firearms, the incidence of gun ownership in Germany is extremely low.  Guns are not commonly available, hence the police rarely run into a suspect armed with a gun.  Because German authorities don’t have to worry about the safety of the public from gun-wielding criminals, or their own safety, they don’t have to shoot criminals often. In Germany, they have had a total of 109 police officer gun related fatalities since 1998.  Again, this is not an analogous situation to the United States, it’s like comparing snowmobiling deaths in Scandinavia with those in Panama.  Clearly, the writer just took the lowest three nations and threw them on the list without considering the truth of the situation.  As I said before, an agenda.

Third, they are comparing pure numbers without regard for population.  The United States had about 316 million people in 2013.  With 409 shootings, that works out to 1.29  shootings per MILLION PEOPLE!  Germany had 3 shootings in a nation of 80 million people, which works out to 0.04 shootings per million people, but the real data there is an absurdly low number of shootings in both cases, adjusted for population.  Your chances of being killed in a police shooting in the United States are literally one in a million.  If there was a disease that affected that many people, drug companies wouldn’t even bother developing a vaccine.  It just wouldn’t be worth it.

Finally, and this largely goes along with my second point, they are entirely ignoring countries where police-related gun violence is epidemic.  Why?  Because they don’t really  care about anyone else, they’re just trying to push their anti-gun agenda.  Take Kenya, for example, where large swaths of the police force are corrupt and shoot people with impunity.  Does that get any attention in the infographic?  Not a bit.  Why would it, it gets in the way of the agenda!

So please, before you fall for any of this absurd crap, at least think about what they’re saying and if what they’re saying makes any sort of sense.  Just buying into things on face value isn’t rational, it’s just following an agenda.


Horror Show Sunday Statistics

Religious Horror Show Logo

I’ve been doing the Religious Horror Show for a long, long time now and there’s no end in sight, but as I started thinking about it, I wondered just how the different religions scored on the “horror-o-meter”.  That prompted me to go back and count all of the different  stories I’ve done here on Horror Show Sunday, as well as the stories we’ve done on two Bitchspot Report Podcasts dedicated to religious horrors, to see who is really the most horrible religion.  This covers stories from early September, 2012 until the end of 2013.  I will start keeping a count on the regular Religious Horror Show page, updating it at least once every couple of weeks, so we always know which religion is shooting for the #1 worst religion out there.

Christianity (Protestant): 25

Christianity (Catholic): 13

Islam: 20

Judiasm: 2

Buddhism: 3

Hinduism: 3

Primitive/Witchcraft: 4

This is a total of 70 stories to date and, honestly, I’m a bit surprised.  I would have expected the Catholic Church, with their pedophilic ways, would have racked up a lot more stories.  This tells me that, except in the most horrific of tales, I’m ignoring the majority of their problems.  Granted, I’ve been doubling and tripling up stories and haven’t counted it that way so that could be a cause of the disparity.  If I was counting individual stories and not individual posts, I’m sure that the Catholics would catch up quickly.

Our two big losers here are Protestant Christianity and Islam, but there are plenty of horrors to go around for all religions.

So, who will be the big loser in 2014?  Humanity, of course, as we continue to deal with the irrationality and criminal behavior of the religious who have given us nothing but horrors at an ever-accelerating rate.  Currently, I have written stories dating up until June, 2014 and I have enough stories through sometime in August.  That doesn’t count all of the horrors that will occur between now and 8 months from now.  Is that sad or what?