In 1967, 50% of American men had been arrested. Since then, arrests made in connection with domestic violence and illegal drugs have pushed the number to 60%, estimates Alfred Blumstein, a criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University. The annual number of arrests for possession of marijuana more than tripled to 1.8 million from 1980 to 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
These numbers are remarkable. Having never been arrested, I will confess to feeling a little left out.
Also, look at the increase in marijuana arrests. Nearly two million annually! What a ridiculous waste of resources, and what a needless infringement on individual rights.
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Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist who wrote three books. His novel, The Webster Chronicle, is based on the lives of Cotton and Increase Mather.