like it worked out so well for the States

http://straight.com/article-209473/bill-c15-could-fill-prisons

The Canadian government is aiming to crack down on gang violence by becoming harsher for drug offences. They’re aiming to enact mandatory minimums for drug-related offences which didn’t reduce violence or drug use.

But basically, “the Pew Center on the States report pointed out that many states in the U.S. “appear to have reached a ‘tipping point’ where additional incarceration will have little if any effect on crime”.”

“That is, for every one dollar invested in new prison beds for drug offenders, state taxpayers get only 37 cents in averted crime,” it noted. “An updated analysis from 2006 found that incarceration of offenders convicted of violent offenses remained a positive net benefit, while property and drug offenders offered negative returns.”

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