DOM asks in his blog post today whether the Democrats are taking criminal justice reform seriously. Rumpole replies "Not as seriously as President Trump." Say what you want about this president, but he is actively doing more bringing some sanity to the criminal justice system then Obama did, and we are in a lot of this mess because of what Clinton did.
Put another way, there is a famous Vulcan saying: "Only Nixon could go to China."
Only hard-wing law and order Republicans have the political capital to spend on sentencing and criminal justice reform, because who is going to call them "bleeding heart, criminal coddling liberals"? No one.
The prison reforms being implemented are bringing a whole lot of relief to people without a constituency- prisoners.
The Democrats need to catch up here.
In Florida we can take the decision making power out of the hands of twenty-four year old prosecutors and return it to more experienced and hopefully level-headed judges by removing the ever expanding list of crimes that carry minimum mandatory sentences.
Judges are elected based, hopefully on their experience and ability to be fair (yes we know, please stop laughing or cringing). Twenty something prosecutors hoping to make a name for themselves have no such oversight. Only supervisors who are unwilling to make hard calls. As Judge Moreno used to opine: "Too many chiefs, not enough Indians."
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