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Presidential pardon on drug related crimes.

One of the most important campaign promises Ron Paul could make to help win the 2012 election is to pledge to issue a Presidential pardon to the millions of people who are in jail for user related drug "crimes".

I believe this promise would be coherent with the ideology and values we defend and it would be a great attack on those who constantly label Ron Paul as a racist, considering that most Americans who are in jail for drug related crimes are black Americans.

What do you think?

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"millions of people who are in jail for user related drug "crimes"."

in the kokesh interview i believe RP said non violent FEDERAL prisoners.
state prisoners can be pardoned by the elected state governor and i think the president too?
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As of 2003, 161,673 persons were held in federal prisons, an increase of 81% from 1995.

The federal prison population has increased at nearly three times the rate of state prisons
since 1995, 7.7% vs. 2.7%.

Composition of the Federal Prison Population – Mostly Non-Violent·

More than half (55%) of federal prisoners are serving time for a drug offense, and 13% for a
violent offense.

· Nearly three-fourths (72.1%) of the population are non-violent offenders with no history of
violence.

· One-third (34.4%) are first-time, non-violent offenders.

· More than half (55.7%) of persons sentenced for a drug offense in 2002 fell into the lowest
criminal history category (Category 1) of the sentencing guidelines, and in 87% of cases no
weapon was involved.
http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_federa...

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Have a look at this

Have a look at this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate

"According to a US Department of Justice report published in 2006, over 7.2 million people were at that time in prison, on probation, or on parole."

"Among the prisoners, drug offenders made up the same percentage of State prisoners in both 1997 and 2004 (21%). The percentage of Federal prisoners serving time for drug offenses declined from 63% in 1997 to 55% in 2004.[8] In the twenty-five years since the passage of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the United States penal population rose from around 300,000 to more than two million.[9] Between 1986 and 1991, African-American's women's incarceration in state prisons for drug offenses increased by 828 percent.[10]"

"One of the criticisms of the United States system is that it has much longer sentences than any other part of the world. The typical mandatory sentence for a first-time drug offense in federal court is five or ten years, compared to other developed countries around the world where a first time offense would warrant at most 6 months in jail.[15] Mandatory sentencing prohibits judges from using their discretion and forces them to place longer sentences on nonviolent offenses then they normally would have."

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I still think this would be a good idea, it would bring in many votes. If you think of all the families affected by these policies, the number of votes it could bring in is considerable.

I may have exaggerated by saying millions.. perhaps the number of possible votes came to mind. ;)

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Nope. Terrible idea. Old

Nope. Terrible idea. Old white people vote and they'll be thinking of prison doors opening and black people running out in orange jumpsuits. What benefit, what aspect of the voting populace would this appeal to?

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I think it would appeal to

I think it would appeal to black Americans who are the greatest victims of these so called crimes.

The drug laws are used as an excuse to imprison black people while providing jobs for mostly white people who arrest them, charge them, "defend them" and keep them in jail.

I think this promise would appeal to everyone else as well, considering that the excuse for the need of new prisons would vanish and the expense of keeping all these people in prison would drop dramatically.

If we are to win against Obama we need to show black Americans who is really on their side.

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The Black vote is gone. 99.9%

The Black vote is gone. 99.9% of the Black vote will vote for Obama. Even if Cain is the nominee.

To get the Black vote, you have to have a time machine and go back 30 years and provide an acceptable education system for the inner city.

Columbus, Ohio

Perhaps what is needed to

Perhaps what is needed to gain the black vote is to do market testing to find out what their perception of the candidates are, what issues are vote makers and breakers, and to see what, if any, issues of RP could compel them to support him. If it could be shown that his stance on the drug war would make them cross over to support him then it should become a major focus of his campaign.

It's tricky though

because so many won't understand that "non-violent" means what it says. They will only HEAR that he'll pardon "all drug-offenders."
But then again, think of all the families of those drug offenders who will come out to vote, just to get Johnny out of jail..

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Exactly.

"But then again, think of all the families of those drug offenders who will come out to vote, just to get Johnny out of jail.."

Exactly.

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He recently said that when

He recently said that when interviewed by Adam Kokesh.

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No shit?

Can you post a link?

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here's the link

http://www.voteronpaul.com/newsDetail.php?Ron-Paul-Interview...

Talking about non-violent drug offenders starts at the 9:25 mark. Entire interview is great!
(sorry it took me so long.)

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LMAO.. now that was creepy.

LMAO.. now that was creepy. :)

Thank you very much for posting that link.

You are right, my post is exactly about this issue.

Thanks again.

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