Chris Diaz, 20, was stopped for an expired registration ticket by a Texas state trooper. The officer found half an ounce of marijuana and hash Diaz had bought in California on the reccomendation of a doctor treating Diaz’s asthma. He could now face life in prison.
The United States penal system is an embarassment to the free world:
One American adult in 100 festers behind bars (with the rate rising to one in nine for young black men). Its imprisoned population, at 2.3m, exceeds that of 15 of its states. No other rich country is nearly as punitive as the Land of the Free. The rate of incarceration is a fifth of America’s level in Britain, a ninth in Germany and a twelfth in Japan.