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Rand Paul: The madness of mandatory minimums

By Senator Rand Paul -

I applaud President Obama’s recognition that mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders needs to end. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s announcement Monday to change federal drug-sentencing policy hopefully signaled a significant shift toward justice in addressing one of the most unjust federal policies of our time.

Mr. Holder called our current system “broken,” and he couldn’t be more right. Congress needs to consider and pass my bipartisan legislation to provide flexibility for federal judges in sentencing nonviolent offenders, which I have introduced with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Many of those people deserve to be in prison; however, some of them do not. They find themselves incarcerated owing to a misguided focus on draconian punishment that does nothing to enhance public safety. As Mr. Holder noted, incarceration rates have grown “at an astonishing rate — by almost 800 percent” since 1980.

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wolfe's picture

Something just occurred to me...

Does anyone know if governors are prohibited in some way from pardoning people sentenced under MM laws?

I don't see a reason why they couldn't, so perhaps we need to start holding the governors accountable.

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

Just posted this on facebook, thought it was worth sharing

"Despite what that dude Rachel Maddow suggests, if you really want government to help poor minorities, (and all people spending time in prison for adjusting their own body chemistry) might I suggest a vote for the "racist Tea Partier" Rand Paul in 2016", with the DP link.

Made me laugh anyway :)


i wish i facebook'd so I could pile on your great post.


Liberty = Responsibility

Wonder why Holder said that,

typically he doesn't seem to believe very much in the principle of freedom

I think they are

I think they are backpeddling. The Fast and Furious thing really hurt their credibility and it goes back to the orignal 2008 election. A lot of people actually voted for Obama hoping he would decriminalize Cannabis, it was even the #1 question when he did his first "Online Presidential discussion" thing. Of course he was an arrogant prick about it and now they are trying to pander to us after we got pissed over the DEA raids.

Cannabis is interesting because it is such a trivial matter for the government to stay out of our lives about and when they come in hard with guns it exposes their tyrrany more than any other issue. Its easy to demonize a patriot with guns, its harder to demonize a 65 yr old cancer patient who just wants to be able to eat that suddenyl gets SWAT raided.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

wolfe's picture


The politics employed by politicians follow the money...

The country is shifting, so they shift with it, at least in what they say.

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