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October 29, 2019

Prez candidate Beto O'Rourke releases a "comprehensive plan to end mass incarceration"

Via this extended Medium posting, Beto O'Rourke has released what he titles "Beto’s Comprehensive Plan to End Mass Incarceration and Reform Our Criminal Justice System to Prioritize Rehabilitation." The plan is too lengthy and detailed for ready summary, but here are a few of the sentencing parts:

October 29, 2019 at 12:29 AM | Permalink

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How about "earned time credits" before you're imprisoned?

If you graduate from high school, you can't be arrested for prostitution because you've already earned all your credits for any prostitution sentence.

If you score at least 1100 on the SATs, you never have to pay excise taxes, car-tab fees, etc.

If you get an associate degree or vocational degree, you can't be arrested for owning or carrying guns in public, or prostitution, or not paying excise taxes.

If you get a bachelor's degree, you can't be arrested for using recreational drugs, or owning or carrying a gun in public, or prostitution, or not paying excise taxes.

Since all people have equal IQs, this should be fair to everyone regardless of sex, race, etc.

Posted by: Glaucus | Oct 29, 2019 2:47:49 PM

I hope to post this on every SLP presidential candidate proposal post from here on out—maybe, just maybe, it can get the conversation going:

Repeal AEDPA, and mandate de novo review of all habeas claims that feature the state on bottom in federal court. Remove AEDPA's time limits and bans on second petitions, and bans on claims that could have been raised in an earlier appeal, and require federal courts to rule on any non-frivolous petitions. Non-capital prisoners have no incentive to drag things out, and no one should be condemned to years in prison because a state court incorrectly ruled on a case in the absence of specifically controlling SCOTUS authority.
Same rules should apply to capital prisoners, with the caveat that a stay of execution for a claim that would have been barred as successive or untimely under AEDPA won't issue unless the judge feels that there is a close to 50% chance that the claim will succeed.

Posted by: Jacob Berlove | Oct 29, 2019 8:13:55 PM

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