Are Harsh Sentencing Laws Driving Up Homicide Rates?

Feb 3rd, 2016 Courts, Crime and Police Actions, Drugs Illegal Robert May 1 min read

Justin Murray writes:  In recent years, there has been a growing awareness fact that the United States imprisons a far larger percentage of its population than many other nations. Much of this is due to the fact that what we call crime in the US is often not an imprisonable offense in the EU nations. In the US, for example, a prison term is commonly…

 

Mass Incarceration: Tell Hillary Clinton Punishment Matters

Nov 3rd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Courts, Crime and Police Actions, Drugs Illegal Robert May 1 min read

John R. Lott Jr. writes:  It’s easy to forget that in 1991 the U.S. murder rate was well over twice what it is today. In a speech last week at Atlanta’s Clark University, Hillary Clinton showed she doesn’t understand her call for an “end the era of mass incarceration” will endanger lives. She now proposes to end mass incarceration by “keep(ing) more nonviolent drug offenders…

 

Violent Inmates Part Of Obama’s Federally Sponsored Prison Break

Paul Sperry writes:  Starting Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will release the first wave of 46,000-plus federal inmates, whose sentences were slashed, in the largest mass prison release ever. Don’t worry, she says, they’re all “nonviolent drug offenders” who don’t pose a threat to public safety. Do not believe her. Senior U.S. probation officials tell me that a large number of the convicted felons who…

 

Unlock ’em Up?

Mona Charen writes:  The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 “nonviolent” inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number of Americans behind bars and declared,…

 

Senators craft prison reform bill to handle drug offenders, help judges in sentencing

Oct 2nd, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Drugs Illegal, Liberty Robert May 1 min read

Andrea Noble writes:   Senators called for scrapping the federal “three-strikes” life sentence for repeat criminal offenders and to cut minimum sentences for drug crimes, as Democrats and Republicans came together Thursday to propose the broadest overhaul of criminal justice in a generation. Some current inmates could see their sentences cut by 25 percent if they are deemed at low-risk of reoffending and take part in…

 

Halting the heroin scourge

Aug 30th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Drugs Illegal Robert May 1 min read

 COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS write:  Steve was guest-hosting “The Diane Rehm Show” on NPR recently, and the topic was the nationwide upsurge in heroin addiction. The first caller was Stacy from New Albany, Ind. “It’s funny,” she said. “I’m listening to this show and I have a syringe of heroin in my hand.” She had gotten hurt in the military, explained Stacy, and the…

 

Government’s Attempts At Morality

Aug 30th, 2015 Civil Rights, Drugs Illegal, Gun Control, Liberty, Morality and Religion Bill B. May 2 min read

by Bill B. May Yesterday, I wrote about how government attempts to manipulate (and presumably improve) the economy almost always backfire.  The only time government actions work is when they get out of the way.  The same is true of morality. As soon as we had a government that governed (what a nasty word), people invented all kinds of jobs for the government to do.  …

 

Some People Choose to Be Homeless

Aug 18th, 2015 Civil Rights, Drugs Illegal, Liberty, Morality and Religion, Social Issues Robert May 1 min read

Debra J. Saunders writes:   The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against “public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.” In a statement of interest filed in federal court, the Obama administration asserted that banning sleeping and camping in public places constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment.” Republican candidates,…

 

Did Mass Incarceration Destroy the Black Family?

Kay S. Hymowitz says: No, and here’s why. As riots in Ferguson and Baltimore heated up this past winter and spring, so did denunciations of a criminal-justice system that has placed a disproportionate number of black men behind bars. One widely aired theory holds that not only are racial disparities and mass incarceration patently unjust on their own terms, but they also lead to chaos in…