National Review Online yesterday published my quick take on sentencing reform, "Six Reasons to Say No to Sentencing Reform." Readers will recognize it as a condensed version of my entry, "A Baker's Dozen Reasons to Oppose Sentencing Reform."
The longer this debate drags on with little or no public disclosure of what our legislators are planning behind closed doors, the more the Donald Trump phenomenon resonates with me (not that I'll be voting for him, since I won't).
Trump has made himself a leading candidate by playing off public resentment toward a government the electorate sends to Washington to do one thing, but, once in office, ignores the voters to adopt some very different agenda supported by a lot of monied interests and cozy Beltway lobbyists -- but with little to no public backing.
That fits sentencing reform to a tee. The drive for mass sentencing reduction is flush with money from the super-rich, and is the cause celeb of burrowed-in lobbying groups like FAMM, the NACDL and Al Sharpton's National Action Network. But if you're looking for an honest poll that asks ordinary people the question actually at issue here -- "Do you favor shorter sentences for drug dealers?" -- you'll be looking a long time.