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Prison reform at last?


Prison reform at last?

Sentenced to life in prison, man hopes new clemency rules will get him out:

"I did not really realize I was getting life until the date of sentencing. When my attorney told me, I told him that I wanted to take back my guilty plea... they denied me." Timothy Tyler says his life ended when he was 23-years-old. That was two decades ago, when he was arrested and later sentenced to a mandatory double-life term in prison without the possibility of parole for conspiracy to possess LSD with intent to distribute. A self-described "Deadhead," Tyler was busted after mailing five grams of the hallucinogenic drug to a friend who was working as an informant for the federal government. He's had more than 20 years to fixate on that moment, years of "what ifs" and "whys." More than 20 years of feeling like he died, until now.

Though the Obama administration has been campaigning for prison reform for some time, it has recently begun to take concrete steps to alleviate overcrowded federal prisons that are flooded with non-violent offenders. The Justice Department announced changes to its clemency criteria this week, a move that will likely lead to a wave of sentence commutation requests being sent to President Barack Obama by thousands of prisoners who've been convicted of non-violent drug crimes.

The clemency changes would be open to prisoners who have met a set of specific conditions: they must be low-level, non-violent offenders without a significant criminal history and must be serving a federal sentence that would likely be shorter if they were convicted today. They must have served at least 10 years of their sentence and have demonstrated good conduct in prison, with no history of violence before or during their prison term.

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{ This prison reform is way overdue. A lot of these people ended up in the slammer during the height of the anti-drug campaign know as the "war on drugs". In those days they seemed to think just throwing everyone caught with drugs in prison would solve the problem. [sign in to see URL] war on drugs is over and we lost. Meanwhile we have millions of people in prison and a lot of them are there for non violent drug charges with sentences which are down right draconian.

This guy Timothy Tyler is an good example. Given two life terms without any chance of parole at 23 years of age for peddling LSD. Now days he would probably get six months if it was a first offence and his life wouldn't have been ruined for a silly mistake. This man remains a prisoner of war in a war that was lost decades ago. It would be nice to see these wrongs righted after all these years and see these men and women returned to society. Keep the violent thugs in prison and let these folks return to their families. What do you think of it all?}

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4/27/2014, 3:04 pm Link to this post PM Noserose
 
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Re: Prison reform at last?


Seems to me Obama / Holder have only succumbed after severe arm-twisting from the more than dozen States that now have "medical marijuana", and Colorado, which seems to be raking in revenue hand over fist, from taxing marijuana sales.

The tragedy is:
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U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK

The Outstanding Public Debt as of 27 Apr 2014 at 03:49:39 PM GMT is:
$ 1 7 , 4 4 4 , 4 6 2 , 9 3 2 , 4 5 1 . 9 2

The estimated population of the United States is 318,107,048
so each citizen's share of this debt is $54,[sign in to see URL].

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Generally citizens squeal like stuck pigs about being over-taxed.
But marijuana uses are begging; on their knees pleading: TAX US!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAX US!!!
And so far, even though the three most recent U.S. presidents have all used marijuana; they refuse to dial back their War on it.

We desperately need the revenue from taxing it:

AND

We could save a few $Billion by simply not devoting government resources to the War on marijuana.

So this prison reform isn't the whole loaf. But it's a slice.

Let's just hope there'll be more; Much Much more.

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4/27/2014, 3:55 pm Link to this post PM sear
 


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