By Marina Troy
Fox News commentator Eric Bolling has sugested harsh measures to reduce the nation’s growing prison population.
“I think we need to really look at executing drug users and buyers, even for marijuana,” said Bolling in an interview wth WEHW. “That will put the fear of God into people and also cut down the number of people in jail.”
Bolling is not the only conservative who has extreme views about incarceration.
According to Politico, Sen. Tom Cotton thinks the United States is not locking up enough people.
“First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration, ignores an unfortunate fact: for the vast majority of crimes, a perpetrator is never identified or arrested, let alone prosecuted, convicted, and jailed,” said Cotton during a speech at The Hudson Institute. “Law enforcement is able to arrest or identify a likely perpetrator for only 19 percent of property crimes and 47 percent of violent crimes. If anything, we have an under-incarceration problem.”
The United States currently incarcerates about 2.5 million people and has the world’s highest prison population. Cotton’s comment were condemned by law enforcement officials.