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  •  A main tenet of the justice system is supposed (10+ / 0-)

    to be that it takes a qualified human to judge, specific to each case, what the appropriate sentencing should be.

    There is wisdom in this.  And here we see why.  Formulas banged together by "Let's kick some criminal ass!" legislators, banged into law, mandatory, no room for common-sense human judgement by the judge.  The results speak for themselves in this list.

    It's horrible what the "war on drugs" has done to non-violent prisoners and their families nationwide.  Far more damage to the family, in many cases, than the drug use itself was.  Any full time children-families oriented social worker who's been on the job for more than a year or two, holds heartbreaking stories.  

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