If you have a conscience, then spend a few minutes and watch this shattering video op ed piece on California's three strikes law. 4,000 individuals have been sentenced to life on non-violent third felonies in California.
Bottom line: minimum mandatory sentences for non-violent offenses are offensive to American ideals of justice, fairness, due process, and redemption. We challenge you-after watching this brief piece- to explain why the criminal justice in this system is any better than the system in China, Iran or North Korea.
Five dollars of drugs with two non-violent priors in California gets you a trial, a conviction, and a life sentence. Shameful. Just shameful.
Upon reflection, what we are talking about is the difference between guilt and punishment. An enlightened society with a fair criminal justice system understands the difference. Three strikes laws abrogate that difference and throw everyone into the same cesspool. There is nothing enlightened about that. There is nothing "due process of law" about that. There is nothing American about that. And yet, it is what we do. Shameful.