U.S. agency recommends shorter prison sentences for drug offenders

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RichardJR wrote:

It’s a start.

Apr 11, 2014 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

More than a large majority of heroin addicts aren’t just addicts they are thieves as well so make sure to add on a few years to their sentences if busted on forgery charges, etc. Pity the user of hard drugs and lessen their sentences but if they are thieving dirt bags too, then let them do hard time for stealing. I’ve been hearing about way too many of these heroin addicts stealing checks, guns and money from innocent people. they are bad, bad people with very poisoned minds and hearts. I could care less if they all stay in jail and off the streets. They aren’t merely doing drugs, they are destroying society and harming innocent peoples’ lives.

Apr 11, 2014 3:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4sight2020 wrote:

thats what we need more drug dealers on the street. if they wanted to fix prison overcrowding then they should just execute 10% of the worst prison inmates every year. money wasted baby sitting these people could be spent reforming the ones who have a chance of being productive citizens.

Apr 12, 2014 6:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
elsewhere wrote:

We are forced to take care of drug users, what about eliminating mandatory sentences for drunk driving. It is not addictive to the majority like pot and other drugs are.

Apr 12, 2014 7:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BunnySwanson wrote:

More effective would be to send these busted drug users to rehab…same price. Then, when they get the monkey off their back, they can return to the work force, something that would be made more difficult with a record. Drug addicts I’ve talked to all have damaged psyches, sexual abuse, a disappointed parent, the black sheep…disturbing family dynamics, in other words. No one would want a life as an addict. It is prison without walls. Dysfunctional families are a bubble in themselves. The strength of a family unit and a community must be strong if a society hopes to send children into adulthood without neuroses rendering them incapacitated in their search for an anesthetic or escape from the sense of an urgent need to get something done but not knowing what.

Apr 13, 2014 5:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Man-on-Man marriage, Bong-for-all & ObamaCare – the putz is also a moron

Apr 13, 2014 5:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse

“QuidProQuo wrote:
More than a large majority of heroin addicts aren’t just addicts they are thieves as well…”

Now, why do you think it i so? The PRICE of heroin maybe? Now why is the price so high since making heroin is dirt cheap? Because it’s illegal maybe? Who makes those insanely huge profit on heroin?
Meanwhile, governments go on with the “war on drugs” and spend huge amount of YOUR tax money to make sure that the bad guys go on making gazillions of dollars.
Think about it.

Apr 13, 2014 9:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MoozeTraks wrote:

Tougher jail sentences = more prisoners = higher taxes for jails.
Easier jail sentences = more crime = higher taxes for police.

At some point, we need to stop thinking about punishment and more about fixing the problem. Other countries have solutions that work: lower crime, lower drug use, and fewer jails, i.e. The Netherlands. Why can’t the US?

Apr 13, 2014 9:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

Isn’t the idea of locking up drug offenders part of a population improvement program? Meaning that, while they are locked-up, the drug offenders are not reproducing more people like themselves?

Apr 13, 2014 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vertigo wrote:

MoozeTraks provides one of the most accurate/cogent responses to this article In answer to the question that he poses, “Why can’t the U.S.?” Look no further than the U.S. Congress.

“Some Republicans in Congress say more lenient sentences would reverse the drop in crime the United States has seen over recent decades.”

The Republicacrats speak of petty crime but overlook the crime in their own ranks. Let’s enforce higher standards of integrity and performance upon OUR U.S. Congress and greatly increase the sanctions for their misdeeds to the level of treason.

Once a few Congress people are serving life sentences, or are put to death in public executions, the lobbyists and their corporate handlers will fall right in line. At present, the Fox (Comcast et al) are guarding the hen house.

Apr 13, 2014 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

I think we should buy them a house and give them a yearly pass to Disneyland too… Sure, why not. I think all the F-ups in America should be smothered in treasures, and all the sober people who work hard everyday, should be punished into oblivion. Isn’t that the American way? Well… It is now.

Apr 13, 2014 1:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EthelGoodhill wrote:

There’s no way that reducing the draconian penalties under federal law for low level drug offenses will increase crime for, among other reasons, most drug offenses are prosecuted by states rather than the federal government.

Apr 13, 2014 7:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DBeeg wrote:

Prosecutors are not supposed to have illegitimate leverage. So it looks like reduced sentences would then kill two immoral birds with one stone.

Apr 13, 2014 12:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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