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Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 1) 150

by itsenrique (#49761611) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
As a fellow victim of theft I can agree with you on making it a higher priority for LEA. I would like to see better investigations. When I had my CC stolen, and reported it to the police, the detective assigned to my case did nothing, wasn't interested in finding anyone, until at the last minute before he closed the case where he *asked if I would take a polygraph*. I said I didn't believe in polygraphs, and he closed the case, and the bank gave back my money. However, I don't really think being as harsh as possible is the best thing for us as a whole. A man forever behind bars, or unable to get any gainful employment, would never be able to pay restitution.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 1) 150

by itsenrique (#49759709) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

Have you stopped to think about the implications of what you are saying? If Jim Crow laws were still in force, would you really accuse people who broke those laws of untrustworthiness and poor impulse control? If your answer is 'yes', then shame on you, and I don't trust you. If your answer is 'no', then I would ask you how a desire to smoke a joint is fundamentally different from a desire to sit at the front of the bus. I really think you need to put your argument back on the stove and let it cook a little longer - it ain't done yet.

Thank you for restoring some of my faith in humanity. I swear these just-world-fantasy types want to drag our country in to the dirt.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 2) 150

by itsenrique (#49755137) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
There IS a such thing as an ex-felon, and there is a reason it is a seperate statistic. First offenders in many states qualify to have adjudication withheld, and later can get a record sealed/expunged. Either of those two things would make you an ex felon. The adjudication withheld is offered by the state for first offenders usually to keep the courts moving smoothly, ie to get you to take the deal.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 1075

by itsenrique (#49735023) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
You do realize that since the crash more and more profits have been going to the shareholders and not the employees right? You do realize that the little guy hasn't been getting a bigger and bigger chunk but the opposite right? You do realize that letting wealthy people hoard more money harms the economy much more than giving the poorest more which they will immediately spend, correct?

Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 1) 333

When cheap gin first arrived in Europe there was a lot of social decay. When Native Americans first got access to alcohol, lots of problems. In fact these problems seem to persist for generations, but eventually the population in general does not have a problem with the new hard stuff, whatever it may be. I don't advocate abuse of opiates, but the biggest problem these people have is the obscene cost to get their fix. It's not the most dangerous drug out there. It makes people act weird, and that makes us uncomfortable. Because it's not booze, or something.

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