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  •  Booker released Crim Justice overall platform (2+ / 0-)
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    Some of the reforms Booker is advocating:

       Step up the national conversation on decriminalizing marijuana.
        Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders.
        Eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.
        Increase federal funding for drug and community courts that divert low-level drug offenders from prison.
        Work to end the use of private prisons.
        Help inmates and their families maintain functional relationships, by making phone calls financially accessible, providing domestic abuse and counseling classes and working to incarcerate inmates in facilities as close to their families as possible.
        Pass the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 to restore federal voting rights to the formerly incarcerated.
        Help formerly incarcerated individuals reenter society and find employment.
        Increase grant funding for the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services, which is designed to assist law enforcement agencies in implementing community-based policing.
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    Private, for-profit prisons are pretty damn insidious.  

    “I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I have many more documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did.” -G.Greenwald

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 09:35:00 AM PDT

    •  I have my disagreements with Booker (2+ / 0-)
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      on education, but his views on prison and drug reform are fantastic.  I look forward to seeing him in the Senate, raising issues that haven't been raised before.  Other people may never get over their dislike of Booker, but I'm thinking he may be one of my favorite Senators if he can aggressively pursue this at the national level.

      •  Sen. Webb had grand plans for Prison Reforms... (2+ / 0-)
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        That went no where because voters don't want to make it easier on criminals - it's really not a winning political issue.  Webb didn't care because he was retiring - but he couldn't get any other senators to co-sign anything.  

        “I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I have many more documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did.” -G.Greenwald

        by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:10:47 PM PDT

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    •  Credit where credit is due (nt). (0+ / 0-)

      "Pillows, but no sleep / Feathers, but no birds." | Pro-transit young black urban progressive | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | NJ-05 - ! | Yard signs don't vote.

      by gabjoh on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 08:25:33 PM PDT

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