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February 19, 2015

Still more bipartisan talk (and even more bureaucracy) focused on criminal justice reform

This extended New York Times article, headlined "Unlikely Cause Unites the Left and the Right: Juctice Reform," spotlights that the Grey Lady never gets tired talking about lots of other people talking about the need for criminal justice reforms.  Here is how the piece starts:

Usually bitter adversaries, Koch Industries and the Center for American Progress have found at least one thing they can agree on: The nation’s criminal justice system is broken.

Koch Industries, the conglomerate owned by the conservative Koch brothers, and the center, a Washington-­based liberal issues group, are coming together to back a new organization called the Coalition for Public Safety.  The coalition plans a multi-million­dollar campaign on behalf of emerging proposals to reduce prison populations, overhaul sentencing, reduce recidivism and take on similar initiatives. Other groups from both the left and right — the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Tea Party-­oriented FreedomWorks — are also part of the coalition, reflecting its unusually bipartisan approach.

The coalition will have initial backing of more than $5 million, with groups also spending independently on their own criminal justice initiatives.  Organizers of the advocacy campaign, which is to be announced on Thursday, consider it to be the largest national effort focused on the strained prison and justice system.  They also view the coalition as a way to show lawmakers in gridlocked Washington that factions with widely divergent views can find ways to work together and arrive at consensus policy solutions.  “We want to both do good policy work and try to improve the system, but also to send the message to politicians that we always ask you to work together, and we are going to lead the way,” said Denis Calabrese, the president of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, who helped organize the coalition.

For groups traditionally considered opponents, working together has required something of a leap of faith. But they say that they see an opening and are giving the new coalition three years to demonstrate results.

Though I never want to criticize the folks interested in serious criminal justice reform and advocacy, I am not sure what is really need right now is yet another coalition or group advocating in general for reform. What is really needed is people working really hard in the trenches to move courts and legislators who are now standing in the way of significant reforms. I sincerely believe with a lot less money and in a lot less time, empowering and aiding the work of the best folks in the trenches could and should get some serious reforms achieved in a lot less than three years.

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The Koch Brothers. Rent seeking on steroids, with a TNT chaser.

When rent seeking is criminalized, they go first on the arrest, try for an hour, and execute summarily list.

Nauseating to see left wing extremists be so devoid of principle as to associate themselves with those criminals. A bunch of amoral whores.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 20, 2015 12:56:04 AM

How can one say the system is broken in a time of low and still falling crime?

A doctor saves me from my diabetic coma with insulin. I return for a follow up visit, and report tight glucose control, and no side effects from insulin, just some low costs, very low compared to diabetic come care in an intensive care unit at #10,000 a day. More like $10 a day. For a 10,000% guaranteed return on investment in insulin. Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by a missing ability to produce it in the body. It has environmental factors, such as diet, stress or exercise. Imagine the doctor saying, "You doing well in your permanent chronic condition, lets stop the insulin for a while. I need a higher income from management of coma in an intensive care unit, to pay for a Tesla repair."

Crime is a permanent chronic condition caused by the missing ability to have morals, empathy for others, and fear of risk. So that is the lawyer profession. Low crime rates result in serious lawyer unemployment, so lets loose the vicious predators.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 20, 2015 1:06:13 AM

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