Strengthening A Failed Policy, Again…

When something doesn’t work leave it to the GOP to double and triple down on failed policies. Attorney General Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to “seek the maximum punishment  for drug offenses.” expect another growth cycle in increasing prison populations.

NPR – The United States puts more people behind bars than any other country, five times as many per capita compared with Britain or Spain.

It wasn’t always like this. Half a century ago, relatively few people were locked up, and those inmates generally served short sentences. But 40 years ago, New York passed strict sentencing guidelines known as the “Rockefeller drug laws” — after their champion, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller — that put even low-level criminals behind bars for decades.

Those tough-on-crime policies became the new normal across the country. But a new debate is under way over the effectiveness of tough sentencing laws.

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Rockefeller, New York’s Republican governor, had backed drug rehabilitation, job training and housing. He saw drugs as a social problem, not a criminal one.

But the political mood was hardening. President Richard Nixon declared a national war on drugs, and movies like The French Connection and Panic in Needle Park helped spread the sense that America’s cities were unraveling.

Late in 1972, one of Rockefeller’s closest aides, Joseph Persico, was in a meeting with the governor. He says Rockefeller suddenly did a dramatic about-face.

“Finally he turned and said, ‘For drug pushing, life sentence, no parole, no probation,” says Persico.

That was the moment when one of the seeds of the modern prison system was planted.

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The Rockefeller drug laws sailed through New York’s Legislature. And pretty quickly this idea of getting tough, even on petty criminals, went viral, spreading across the U.S. Other states started adopting mandatory minimum and three-strikes laws – and so did the federal government.

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Journalist and historian Scott Christianson has written for decades about drug crime and America’s prison system. He says we’re just coming to terms with the impact of these policies – on poor neighborhoods, on race relations and on taxpayers.

“I think that this state and our society really has to do some hard thinking and to reflect on the impact of this long-term war on drugs – what it has meant for our society and what it has cost,” Christianson says.

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Half a million Americans are serving long sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Those inmates make up 48 percent of the inmate population in federal prisons.

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“I concluded very early that this was a failure. It’s filling up the prisons, first-time offenders,” Persico says. “This was obviously unjust – and not just unjust, it was unwise; it was ineffective.”

This debate is far from over. Supporters of mandatory minimums say the policy has helped reduce crime in some cities, including New York, and they point to modest declines in the use of some drugs, particularly cocaine. Persico says Rockefeller himself never expressed any second thoughts or reservations about the policy that carries his name.

And now, Attorney General Sessions Orders Tougher Drug Crime Prosecutions.

Preznit Threaten…

“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

BLOTUS Donald J. Trump

Again our fake preznit resorts to un-presidential behavior and his usual mob style bullying tactics. The dude is so insecure, and scared shi**ess, he is now threatening former FBI Director James Comey. A real POS that Trump.

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