COMMENTARY ON LAWYERING, LANGUAGE, AND POLITICS
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Life without parole - for cocaine possession NY Times
Stephanie George - doing life without parole for possession of cocaine
The depth of the senselessness and racism of America's punitive criminal justice system never ceases to shock me. We cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem. We have 25% of the world's prisoners. The catastrophe of imprisonment of Black men is rarely noted. James Tierney begins a new series in the Times on our self-destructive sentencing system. There are some hopeful signs: such as conservatives who don't like government generally turning their skepticism to the prison-industrial complex through groups like Right on Crime which seek to reduce incarceration.