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America's 1 million-plus Prisoners of War
I want to start a movement to reclassify all of the 1 million or so prisoners in the US who have been incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses as “prisoners of war” … the War on Drugs.
Also, include in that all homeless people incarcerated for petty crimes such as “disturbing the peace” or “illegal panhandling”; or anyone who commits a crime, such as theft, born of poverty. Or anyone with a severe mental illness or disability who winds up in prison because of mass budget cuts and closures of mental health facilities, hospitals, etc., and who have inadequate access to mental health care (estimated at up to 40% of all prisoners).
All of these people, too, are “prisoners of war” … Class War.