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Another Voice Against Sentencing "Reform"

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This piece gets right to the point.  It starts:


With murders dramatically on the rise in America's cities and drug overdoses escalating nationwide, an October headline in The Washington Post proclaims "Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release." It summarizes the result of a series of allegedly "compassionate" policy changes that portend to deliver more violence, more addiction and higher rates of poverty and distress.... 

The "nonviolent" description [for those to whom early release would apply] is erroneous, given overdose deaths, the funding of terrorist organizations by global drug traffickers and the murders and other acts of violence committed by drug operators against competitors, witnesses, customers and law enforcement.

The early prisoner releases are, according to The Post, "an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades." The outcome of the early releases of drug offenders is that the criminal overcrowding will be transferred from prisons to certain neighborhoods that already are inundated with criminals and drugs.


All this applies with at least equal force to the statutory early release mechanisms now being quietly hustled through Congress in the SRCA, and all of it shows why Congress should reject the bill.



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