Dr. Stahler came to speak to our class today about drugs and criminal justice. He brought up the fact that more people are under correctional supervision right now than were in the Gulag under Stalin at it’s height. While it’s unfortunately not surprising, it’s still very mind blowing to me. Another fact he presented was that drug war prisoners make up about ¼ of people behind bars in the US. He mentioned that people who are incarcerated make about 20 cents per hour and to me that’s just modern day slavery.
I really liked his presentation, and I think he was one of if not my favorite speaker of the semester.