Lol, pretty sure you're just trolling, but I'll indulge you one more time. Mostly because your way of thinking is legitimately baffling, and I'd like to dissuade anyone reading the thread from following it. Of course people need to take responsibility for their actions. In a scenario where someone commits a crime and everyone does their job properly, there will be some form of punishment. I don't disagree with you there. Where I think you're raving, however, is with this notion that everyone who commits a crime should be treated equally. Committing a crime doesn't give us carte blanche to continually punish an individual who has paid his due through a period of incarceration. I've described for you twice the framework which courts use to determine whether depriving a group of people of a right is constitutionally permissible. I'll not bother to do it again, because I suspect you'd continue to ignore it. Again, it's a little more complicated than, "Criminal commit crime; criminal no get rights!" There are certain classes of people whom we deprive of certain rights under certain circumstances. It requires a constitutional analysis of the right at issue and what the government is trying to achieve. No matter how many times you insist otherwise, it is a complex legal issue. Yeah, about that... wrong again. The first link contains the Bureau of Prisons' percentages of inmates by crime. In the federal system, drug offenders far outstrip all others. The second link has some charts which show the broader picture. You'll note that non-violent offenders far outweigh violent ones in local jails in addition to federal prisons. In fairness, local jails are also where misdemeanants are held, which will throw off those numbers somewhat for purposes of determining the exact number of felons by type. "Ah ha," I bet you're thinking, "Violent offenders outnumber non-violent ones in state prison!" This is correct. But what it doesn't account for is probation, parole, and diversion. Not all felons serve all, or indeed any, of their sentences. Upwards of 35% of convicted felons are sent directly to probation without ever going to prison. And guess what? It's not the violent ones who tend to get probated. Non-violent felons who receive probated sentences are still felons under the law--they're just not accounted for in incarceration statistics. So yes, it's absolutely true that most felons are non-violent. At both the state and federal level.