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  •  Jacking up sentences based on priors is as (3+ / 0-)
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    old as the Common Law.  Attempting to prevent future offense and to protect the public from dangerous persons has always been one of the stated purposes of incarceration in this country.

    There is no question that Three Strikes has implemented with an insane lack of restraint, particularly in California.

    On the other hand, there are people who pose grave dangers to the public and have demonstrated that they simply will not change.

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:14:11 PM PDT

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    •  brings to my mind only one group of people (4+ / 0-)

      the Wall St banksters whose dangerous conduct destroyed our economy, causing suffering across the land and around the globe, who still pose grave dangers to the public - and they have demonstrated that they simply will not change.

      What do we do about those bad guys?

      We can't even get the DOJ to start criminal investigations, much less trials.

      On the other hand, there are people who pose grave dangers to the public and have demonstrated that they simply will not change.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:40:39 PM PDT

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