Crime & Voting Stats

Patrick Crusade Member Anne Rose Pierce supplied us with these interesting Statistics on crime and incarceration rates among Western Nations.  Also included are what voting rights are allowed to felons and ex-felons in the United States (you may be surprised to find that some states allow inmates to vote!), and finally, the comparative dangers of various drugs.  Click on thumbnail image below for full sized image.


Western Nations' Homicide Rates

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US Rate of Incarceration Compared to Other Western Nations

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Inmate Populations for US Jails and Prisons from 1980-1997

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Disenfranchisement of Convicted Felons in the United States

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Categories of Felons Disenfranchised Under Various State Laws

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Relative Dangerousness of Legal and Illegal Drugs

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Please don't forget to visit Anne Rose Pierce's site focusing primarily on problems with the Oregon Prison System.  The following synopsis is from Anne's home page:

An Oregon based prison reform organization dedicated to
humanizing corrections in memory of Gregory Lee Pierce

We are not asking you to ignore crime, or let criminals go unpunished, but we are advocating that corrections staff and society remember that inmates and their families are human beings. Cruelty, sarcasm and degradation are not effective deterrents to recidivism. We would like the State of Oregon to try some of the programs that are being adopted around the country, that are proving successful at reducing recidivism. Four such programs are described on my page, asy Prison Info. You can use the link below to go read about them.

Hot Links

MY SITE:asyTHE PEOPLE:who we are, how to join, what we are trying to do
asyPRISON INFO: the current prison system isn't working, examples of programs that do
asyNO VIDEO VISITS:Our current campaign, Convince the Oregon DOC :NO video visiting
asyGREG AND ANNE:how we met and fell in love, an excerpt from my book
SOME OTHER INTERESTING SITES: Another Side of Justice-Nuhearts-S.Dakota
PROJECT RETURN- a Louisiana based program that has a recidivism rate of 5%
FAMILY AND CORRECTIONS NETWORK- great list of resources for families of inmates
OREGON COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY- info on this org. and why they oppose death penalties
FAMILIES OUTSIDE THE WALLS - ingenious list of ways to stay involved with loved one in prison
Portland - NORML
PAC-UP Parents Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment - org. working to repeal measure 11
PRISON LAW PAGE- magazine articles, inmates' writings, links to other justice sites
PRISONERS OF LOVE: inmate writings, excerpt from book about having a loved one in jail
LOVE AND FREEDOM: story of injustice in California
THE NOVEMBER COALITION-a Washington based group which addresses the injustices of the drug war
WELCOME TO THE WALLS- A prison reform site - Arizona
WINGS OF AN ANGEL - includes on-line bookstore to help you send books to inmates
THE LAW LOUNGE-the largest independent online legal resource
PRISON ISSUES WEB SITE - Prison reform in Washington
A FLORIDA INJUSTICE - 30 years in prison for car parts
FREE ANDREA MIMS - How to help right an injustice
The BANNISTER FOUNDATION-An Anti-Capital and pro Human Rights Action and Support Group
JAMES DIESSO: On trial for his life without regard for medical issues, Justice or humanity
MORATORIUM 2000 - An international campaign to call for a moratorium of death penalty - + petition
ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER US - help & links for those with loved ones in prison
TENNESSEE FRIENDS OUTSIDE - non-profit organization dedicated to reducing teen violence
The P.A.T.R.I.C.K. Crusade - People Aligned to Replace Cruelty and Injustice with Knowledge
F.A.C.T.S. - Families to Amend California's Three Strikes Law - what's up, how to help
THE SANCTUARY - People Helping People, in matters of Faith and Justice
C.A.T.S. - CALIFORNIAN'S 2 AMEND 3 STRIKES - info on the 3 strikes law, and intro of SB 873
COMMON SENSE JUSTICE - "To see injustice and not speak INJUSTICE" JW Claud
For the Record, the United Nations Human Rights System - 1998
The JUNIOR BANNISTER FOUNDATION - An Anti- Capital Punishment site for teenage members
REMEMBER TOMORROW: site built by a foster child/mom for women in need of guidance/support
A PRISONER'S WIFE'S HANDBOOK - A guide to help prisoners wives and families deal with incarceration
The CONTINUING INJUSTICE AGAINST MICHAEL RENE PARDUE - his murder conviction was overturned, but...
The Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Spiritual Group at S.Dak. St. Pen. - artwork, poetry, prayers, lore.
BETTER PEOPLE-offering a complete package of support finding and keeping a job after your release
PRISON PALS - an inmate's wife set up this site so inmates and outmates can write each other FREE!
The Hunger Site: Someone dies of hunger every 3.6 seconds, visit this site to help stop this
THE CELL DOOR - an internet magazine written by prisoners for a free audience