Jeremy Jaynes 2004 conviction on the charge of sending unsolicited bulk e-mails with forged headers (aka spam) has been upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision, meaning Jaynes will indeed be serving his 9 year prison sentence over his spam-king work, (which some reports state netted him some 24 million dollars in revenue). You can read the decision here
The Pew Center on the States released a report on Thursday ranks the U.S. as the world’s single largest incarcerator, with more than 1 in 100 adults serving time in prison. At the start of 2008 our prison system housed 2,319,258 inmates, which should certainly highlight then need to revisit (and reform) draconian mandatory sentencing laws. This passage in particular jumped out at me:
Twenty years ago, the states collectively spent $10.6 billion of their general fundsâ€”their primary discretionary dollarsâ€”on corrections. Last year, they spent more than $44 billion in general funds, a 315 percent jump, and more than $49 billion in total funds from all sources. Coupled with tightening state budgets, the greater prison expenditures may force states to make tough choices about where to spend their money. For example, Pew found that over the same 20-year period, inflation-adjusted general fund spending on corrections rose 127 percent while higher education expenditures rose just 21 percent. (emphasis added)
Read the report in its entirety here
As we inch ever closer to the day that will effectively end the contest between Obama and Clinton, this Washington Post piece explores how and why oration wins over policy.