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Qi - US Prison population.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by trent, 7 Mar 2010.

  1. trent

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    I Love QI its such a awesome show and ive just seen this clip and i find it absolutely staggering.



    The 3 strike rules seems like a terrible idea , you would think that common sense would be applied to the rulings like the examples given in the clip.
     
  2. Viper²

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    Common sense works both ways. Why would you steal something as worthless as cookies 4 times knowing you could get a life sentence?

    Btw, this will probably get movied to the YouTube thread like every OP with a video does. :confused:
     
  3. Tefal

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    I would be ****ed if i was the troops knowing that every helmet and body armour set had been made by unskilled prisoners :/


    Especially by prisoners so dumb that when told the next crime they commit will lead to an automatic 25 year sentence get caught stealing cookies from a store.
     
  4. Tefal

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    No it's not that he stole a cookie 4 times, he committed 2 very serious crimes (they have to be serious/violent to count) then it's the 3rd crime that can be anything.

    If you get caught shoplifting $10 worth of food 20 times in a row you arn't going to get life unless it was a gun point each time :p
     
  5. Viper²

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    Oh ok. lol :p
     
  6. trent

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    I'm guessing though that they still serve prison sentences for the first 2 crimes? So that debt to society has been paid. And things like Burglary and smoking marijuana are counted in the 3 strike rule. This means you could be busted twice for smoking a joint and then steal a cookie and WHAM Life in prison.
     
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  7. trent

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    I don't see why this would be put in the youtube thread. It is a discussion on the 3 strike rule in america with the source of the information in video form instead of text... Its hardly a dog chasing its tail kind of video.
     
  8. Tefal

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    No, in America it has to be a violent crime.

    Except in California where it can be just "serious" which with their weird laws on burglary can make for weird results.
     
  9. trent

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    Although its about california again lets not forget California by far is the most populated state in america with 11% of the population or 36million people. So its not asif this not going to affect alot of people.
     
  10. philip2009

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    There has been a massive, massive, increase in US prison numbers since the beginning of the 1980's -

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    It's a 1998 article so the rate/100,000 is far lower than the current figure.
     
  11. ac1d1ty

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    There is something very suspicious about prisons, especially when it comes down to doing work which beneifts a select few....