You guys can pat yourselves on the back all you want, but that won't change the economic facts. The United States currently houses more prisoners per capita than any other country in the history of the world. This is primarily because of mandatory minumums (which are being dumped on the advice of judges, et. al.) and nonviolent crimes like smoking pot (more than 700M currently). Neither of these types of imprisonments have been demonstrated to be effective. In fact, in the case of nonviolent crimes, often prison time actually makes for a violent person because of what he learns while he's in prison. Let's see now, would you rather live next door to an ex-con or someone who tokes on a joint and settles in with some cookies to watch tv? McPrison is over just like telecom. You wanna make money in stocks.....move on then.