In two recent letters to the US Senate, on sentencing and corrections, Catholic leaders continue promoting ideas which have already proven to be failures—reduced time in prison for drug dealers and more money for traditional rehabilitation programs—to the continued harm of the public who will witness increased crime rates if either or both of these strategies become law.

Labeling drug sales as a non-violent offense (which can reduce time in prison for drug dealers) is ridiculous to anyone who understands what results from drug sales, both in the violent harm to drug abusing children and families, and the territorial warfare between criminal organizations.

Rehabilitation programs, as they are currently structured and promoted in the letter, have failed miserably, which we note in our ongoing blog post at https://catholiceye.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/evaluation-of-reentry-programs-3/

The letter from the USCCB on sentencing can be found here:

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And the one on corrections, here:

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