I am not really giving you information as much as a different perspective. As a volunteer on call with the county jail for those who are in crisis, I know that often the lines between ethical and criminal behavior can be very blurred. The inmates I see can be manipulative, desperate or mentally ill. Some of the situations they find themselves in are indeed criminal where they were part of the planning of the crime. However, I also see inmates who are in situations or prison simply out of economic desperation. One woman I have worked with for years since she was released and we became friends without me knowing about her prison time, was put in jail, rightly so, for transporting drugs. The line isn't quite so clear when you know that she has three children, one of them handicapped, for whom she had tried to find help. When she found none available, she felt that this was her only option. Too often I hear about depression, abusive parents, alcoholic spouses, hungry kids, mental health drugs not available to those who need them, and those with no support system to keep them in school and out of trouble. If I were in their places, I'm not sure what I would consider criminal if I was desperate to care for my child and unable to find help. As the social safety net loosens and more homeless especially homeless kids are on the street trying to survive, I wonder how many people society needs to lock away before realizing that prison is the most expensive option--and the least effective for change. In my opinion, we need to look at more than what is criminal; we need to consider the ethics of draconian changes in policies which affect the poor more than others, that the 1% of people who control 95% of the wealth really are interested more in the bottom line than anything else, and far too many won't even look at the minimum wage which doesn't allow one to survive economically. Too many of our ethics and crime are tied to economic policies and the outdated "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" which is not very possible for too many in our population.