In Group A, we have people who are not in federal prison today:
NSA employees who abused national security apparatus to wiretap their wives and girlfriends in violation of federal criminal law are not in federal prison today.
Masked armed men who raided a house and terrorized and brutalized its inhabitants are not in federal prison today. Of course, it would be hard to put them in prison because they concealed their identity and the government that employs them has steadfastly obstructed and evaded legal efforts to identify them.
In Group B, you have the people who are in federal prison today.
There are about 218,000 of them in some sort of federal confinement. Nearly 50% are in for drug offenses. Another 12% are in for immigration offenses. Of the rest, why are they there? Well, for instance, 2010 statistics show that the United States Department of Justice pursued 68,591 cases, of which 581 (or about .8%) were for official corruption and 115 (or about .16%) were for civil rights violations, which includes both government and non-government defendants.
What do you suppose is the difference between Group A, and Group B?
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