So, Denmark’s crime rate has dropped so damn low they are having to close some of their prisons. There are only 12,000 prisoners but they have room for 14,000. You know how many prisoners the USA has? Well, there are 2,019,234 prisoners, which is 715 out of every 100,000 US citizens in jail, which is equivalent to 1% of the US population. This puts us FAR in the lead of the next largest per capita prison-happy country, Russia. You know how many people per capita are in prison in Iceland? 40:100,000.
Are Americans just that violent? Is our justice system so good it gets every guilty person (except for OJ Simpson)? Or is our justice system so piss poor that we chuck people in the hoosegow willy-nilly? Considering that Demark calls a corrupt judicial system that favors the wealthy “American style justice”, I have my suspicions that poverty is the main “crime” committed in the Land of the Free. After all, crime rates are at a 20 year low. There are fewer murders, rapes, and assaults today than there were when Nirvana was just this little grunge band in Seattle.
Of course there is our asinine little “War on Drugs”. Thanks to that bullshit there were 1.8 million arrests for drug offences in 2005, and in 2000 there were about as many people incarcerated for drugs as there were people in prison TOTAL in 1980. Since then we have added almost another 70,000 prisoners.
There there is the fact prisons have become a “for profit” industry. Once you can make money off prisoners, it is AMAZING how much more prisoners there are!
But other than corporate/political greed and insane drug war, what else separates Denmark from America?
Well, it turns out they have this amazing thing called a “social safety net”. In America, we have only the tattered remnants of one. Of course, the wealthier Danes have to pay higher taxes so that children, the poor, and the elderly don’t go without necessities. Crazy, I know. All they get for their high taxes, among other things, is excellent schools, safe cities, great infrastructure, wonderful health care for everyone, and a 34.5 hour work week with more than a month of vacation time. Can you imagine asking some like Mitt Romney to pay more than 15% on his millions for such trivial things? Good grief Americans! Grab your bootstraps! We cannot have any of that disgusting Danish socialism!
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