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September 19, 2009

Lots of useful information in latest FAMMGram

The homepage of Families Against Mandatory Minimums has this annoucement: "The FAMMGram is here! It's packed with news on efforts to change federal mandatory minimums, FAMM project updates and more."   Among the features in this periodic newsletter that I found especially informative was (1) a piece on page 9 titled "State mandatory minimum reforms are far from rare," which details recent sentencing reforms in eleven states, and (2) a research update on page 12 that "highlights from the numerous reports that have been released so far in 2009" concerning various sentencing law and policy issues.

Check it out.

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The irony? The family member has the greatest likelihood of being victimized by the released violent offender from proximity, and from time spent. Once home, they abuse the wife, the kids. They drink, smoke in bed, get high, cause fires, car accidents. They commit a major crime a week, on average. There is an equal probability, the family is better off with the person in jail. If the person is addicted, staying in prison may save their life. And these behaviors generate massive government services, especially lawyer services.

No academic will add up these costs, because they are likely to exceed any savings from premature release. The families suffer. The taxpayer suffers. The neighborhood suffers. The lawyer and other government dependent workers do well.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 19, 2009 9:08:29 AM

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