WashCompost upset Obama not releasing more drug dealers from jail



President Obama granted 12 pardons and 8 commutations on Wednesday. The pardons, given mostly to people who had served out their sentences long ago, were for a variety of mostly minor offenses ranging from "working a distillery on which the required sign is not placed" to "manufacture of marijuana" to wire fraud.

There are at least 300,000 prisoners serving state and federal sentences for various drug crimes, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Of those, at least 100,000 are imprisoned for simple drug possession alone, and thousands more are doing time for other low-level offenses.

Given this context, the eight commutations are a marginal step toward realizing the promise of sentencing reform.

The Smarter Sentencing Act would have been a modest step in this direction. It would have reduced, but not eliminated, mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. But despite bipartisan support, Congress left it on the table unfinished this year.

--Awww! You cannot get your drug dealers out of jail! How terrible! I guess they'll have to continue to vote by absentee ballot! By the way, these harmless drug users--how do they hold down jobs (they don't). And where do these harmless people get the money for their drugs, if not robbing others?

PS Love how you call it a Smarter Sentencing Act instead of a "Get out of jail free" card!

(drug addicts at WashCompost)



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