Cutting Drug Sentences

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

jail cell prison cell (TunnelBug/flickr)

Glenn E. Martin, vice president of development and public affairs of Fortune Society, a New York-based prisoner re-entry advocacy group, talks about the U.S. Justice Department's new policy to avoid mandatory minimum money and lives through prison reform.


Glenn E. Martin

Comments [3]

pliny from soho

if someone is out of control
a danger to himself or others
force or pharma can be used

so isn't arresting people
who are self medicating
a contradiction

Aug. 13 2013 10:54 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I'm certainly not against this policy but the timing is odd. Do they (USGOV) anticipate a need for more prison space to house an influx of "political" prisoners? Time will tell. Sleep well tonight 'Murica, you are being watched but only for your own good.

Aug. 13 2013 10:52 AM
mick from Manhattan

Decriminalization of most low-level drug crimes, especially when concerning marijuana use, is the way to get out of this morass of unsustainable prison costs and selective enforcement that results in the disenfranchisement of minorities in many states...not coincidentally, mostly in states of the Olde South, where the war on drugs has become a means to reinstate Jim Crow. The savings in the costs of enforcement and imprisonment would more than pay the costs of a public health/education approach. Any other approach could not be less effective than the "War on Drugs".

Aug. 13 2013 10:47 AM

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