Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Treadwell’s Joel Canfield

Joel Canfield wrote: “It seems like on a daily basis, no matter which new source you rely on, one reads or hears of the nefarious deeds of drug dealers whose activities lead to misery, crime and even death.  Any sane-minded person must look incredulously at the actions of former President Obama, who in his tenure in office, pardoned or commuted almost 10 times the number of prisoners than the last 11 presidents did.  A large number of these prisoners were guilty of drug-trafficking crimes.”  
In 2013, Attorney General Holder announced a “Smart On Crime” plan to the American Bar Association, that gave U.S. attorneys throughout our country a greater amount of prosecutorial discretion.   He said: “Some issues are best handled at the state or local level.”

Thus, the policy shifted to allowing defendants, who didn’t have ties to drug gangs or cartels to avoid draconian mandatory minimum sentences.

He directed the United States Attorney community to develop specific, locally-tailored guidelines, that are consistent with our national priorities, for determining when federal charges should be filed, and when they should not.  The intention of the policy was to lower the overall federal prison population.  He wants elderly prisoners who committed no violent crimes and had served a significant portion of their sentences to be eligible for early release.

Holder explained: “Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  However, many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate this problem, rather than alleviate it...

“By reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation, and at the same time make our expenditures smarter and more productive.”

Obama’s pardons furthered the “Smart On Crime” policy.


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