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  •  well then, (0+ / 0-)

    people should not do the crime. why lower sentence terms?

    mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

    by wewantthetruth on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:11:36 PM PST

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    •  Lock 'em up and throw away the key, eh? (2+ / 0-)
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      untorqued, andalusi

      So much for justice, punishment fitting the crime, any attempt at rehabilitation... Guess it's better to waste every criminal's life doing gratuitously long time than let some get the chance to go clean.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:45:34 PM PST

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      •  Yeah better to go after the law abiding gun owner (0+ / 0-)

        rather than have harsh sentences on those who are the ones who actually abuse the 2A, and actually commit the  crimes with guns, and  basically.... the actual people we are supposed to be targeting with all of these "discussions".

        Yeah that would be mean and cruel and not fair.  


    •  Racism. (2+ / 0-)
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      At every level our system of justice is racist in its effects, whatever its intentions. White people and people of color commit crimes at the same rates but people of color -- and especially black, Latino/a, and native people -- are more likely to be arrested. Amongst arrestees, these folks are more likely to be charged. Amongst those charged, more likely to be found guilty. Amongst people found guilty, more likely to be sentenced to prison.
      This new 20 year felony isn't going to be applied to tea partners with criminal records stockpiling guns in the basements of their farmhouses. It's going to send more black, Latino/a, and native people to prison for longer, further decimating the families and communities that have already been hit hard by decades of "war on crime."
      We don't need any more harsh sentences. We need to rethink our justice system from its very foundations.
      (Check out for some ideas I support.)

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