Saturday, November 05, 2011

You Tube weekend

New rules slashing crack cocaine sentences go into effect

Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in August 2010, changing the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted this summer to make the reduced crack penalties retroactive, which means more than 12,000 current inmates are eligible to request reduced sentences.

The war on drugs waged over the last 40 years has clearly been a failure. The US locks up millions of people every year for drug offenses but the poison is plentiful as ever. It's about time to look at drugs as a public health problem not a law enforcement issue. Portugal changed their laws and has seen positive results.

5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results
Street drug related deaths from overdoses drop and the rate of HIV cases crashes

A street kid gets arrested gonna do some time
He got out three years from now just to commit more crime
A businessman is caught with 24 kilos
He's out on bail and out of jail and that's the way it goes

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