Even those numbers don’t tell the whole story. A bill pending in the Senate – which has attracted the support of several Republicans who should know better – would permanently reduce the prison sentences for serious drug trafficking. There are many things wrong with our criminal justice system, such as federalizing crimes that should be handled at the local level and criminalizing offenses that don’t deserve to be punished with prison time. I have written many columns pointing out examples of unjust criminal punishments, but the sentencing reform bill doesn’t address any of those problems.
The sentencing reform bill and the impending prison release are built on the false premise that it’s unjust to punish “nonviolent” drug offenses.
The drug traffickers who were released in October, and will be released over the next several months, are not in prison merely for using drugs or possessing a small quantity for their own use. They were convicted of trafficking, transporting or delivering a substantial quantity of dangerously addictive substances, under direction of the Mexican gangs who control the drug trade in our country.
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