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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


It's about time President Obama.  

President Obama is about to grant clemency for a large number of prisoners who are serving time for simple drug offenses.   

Liz Goodwin tells the story of a woman named Barbara Scrivner who has languished in prison for 20 years serving a 30 year sentence for selling a few ounces of methamphetamine.

Liz Goodwin says it plain and simple: "Thousands and thousands of people like Scrivner are serving punishingly long sentences in federal prison based on draconian policies that were a relic of the "tough on crime" anti-drug laws of the '80s and '90s. Thirty years after skyrocketing urban violence and drug use sparked politicians to impose longer and longer sentences for drug crimes, America now incarcerates a higher rate of its population than any other country in the world. This dubious record has finally provoked a bipartisan backlash against such stiff penalties. The old laws are slowly being repealed."   More

Attorney General Eric Holder's speech last year highlighted the horrible injustices that have been done to far too many people because of the "The War on Drugs"; and Michelle Alexander has been talking to audiences and writing about "The War on Drugs" for years now.

So again I say, ... It's about time President Obama!!!


Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders, by Liz Goodwin, April 21, 2014

2013: The Year the Prison System Changed?
2013: The Year the Prison System Changed?

 2013: The Year the Prison System Changed? December 3, 2013

Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow 

4 Industries Getting Rich Off the Drug War

 32 Reasons Why We Need To End The War On Drugs,  by Matthew Boesler, and Ashley Lutz, July 12, 2012


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