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November 22, 2008

The Sentencing Project's thoughtful call for racial justice

On Friday, I received from The Sentencing Project the following e-mail announcing an important new report addressing racial justice: 

We're pleased to call your attention to a newly released report, Compact for Racial Justice: An Agenda for Fairness and Unity.  The publication was produced by the Applied Research Center as a proactive agenda for fairness and unity in communities, politics, and the law. 
 
The Sentencing Project was the lead author of the chapter promoting criminal justice reforms (beginning at page 17). In this chapter, we discuss the failed crime policies of the past 30 years, marked by the six-fold increase in the prison population since 1972.  Much of this increase can be attributed to the War on Drugs and the consequent sentencing disparities it imposed.   In addition to calling for reforms of current policies, we caution policymakers in the new administration against repeating the mistakes of the past through enacting policies and practices that impose harsh penalties that produce disproportionate effects on minorities, youth, and immigrants. 
 
Finally, we offer four specific recommendations for immediate action: implement racial impact statements, abolish the mandatory detention of immigrants, support people in reentry and the communities where they return, and make racial equity a standard for all criminal justice policy and practice.
 
You can obtain this publication here.

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Another special interest group trying to get the biggest batch of repeat offenders off easy, yet again.
If some illegal-pistol packing drug dealer or thief gets a harsh sentence, it must be because they're a minority or immigrant, not someone with ten years of offenses right?

As for the immigrants (translation: illegal immigrants) they have no constitutional rights as if they were citizens. As long as the government doesn't butcher them out of hand, pretty much anything goes. They can be imprisoned until someone gets around to deporting them.

The failed crime policies that we DO have is that we are not enacting the death penalty nearly enough. Hang every last criminal regardless of their excuses for acts of banditry - armed robbery, burglary, murder, rape, arson, etc. In short order, we will have no crime problem.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 24, 2008 8:35:36 AM

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