Interesting comment....for the most part that's true.Another day in the useless drug war, the more people you arrest the bigger the problem gets, once they get a felony their left with no chance of a good job even if america had any left. so they must turn to crime then to survive. you can not legislate morality.
A kid can make a mistake, I say a kid because an 18 year old, which I think is a kid, can do a felony for many things, pay their dues but that part can be the smallest part of all.
When they can't get a job...that's when the crime can step-up to more of a serious matter. Desperate people do desperate things...vicious circle.