Abolishing prisons in one form or another is the latest political fad arising from the Marxist-themed “mass incarceration” meme, which sadly, even many conservatives are buying into.
However, thankfully, one of the most astute observers of the absurdity of most political thinking, Ann Coulter the incomparable, examines that in her new column.
Bloomberg News ran a happy news story this week about the “surprising” development of Republicans joining Democrats in their effort to end our “incarceration generation” by the simple expedient of putting fewer criminals in prison. (Lots of good ideas involve ham-fisted, Johnnie Cochran-style rhymes.)
And Bloomberg wasn’t just talking about the media’s usual lickspittle, Sen. Rand Paul.
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Texas governor Rick Perry have all called for “new” approaches to allegedly “non-violent” drug crimes — i.e., any approach other than prison.
Perry says: “You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money.”
Sen. Ted Cruz — along with lickspittle Paul — wants to end mandatory minimum sentencing. Yes, remember how much we trust judges to use their discretion wisely? The precise reason the public demanded mandatory minimums in the first place was because so many liberal judges had their own ideas about “alternatives to prison” — such as, again, not prison.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee suggests that, instead of prison, the government should “address character.”
Huckabee, for example, addressed the character of Maurice Clemmons — a career criminal who said he was deeply remorseful and was trying to be a good Christian — by granting him clemency. This allowed Maurice to rape a child and slaughter four police officers execution-style, in “the largest number of law enforcement officers killed by one man in a single incident in U.S. history,” at least according to Wikipedia.
(On the bright side, releasing Maurice saved Arkansas taxpayers all sorts of money — just as Perry predicted!)
Before sucking up to The New York Times, it would be really great if Republicans would read, so they’d know stuff.
Contrary to the assholery being pushed nonstop by the left, for example:
(1) No one is in prison just for possessing a joint; and
(2) So-called “non-violent” drug crimes that result in prison are generally committed by violent criminals.
Evidently, Americans need to patiently explain to elected Republicans — who are too busy hanging out with their Chamber of Commerce friends to have any idea how the world works — that no judge is going to waste prison space on a guy selling a joint.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only 0.7 percent of all state inmates are behind bars for marijuana possession alone. Carnegie Mellon’s Jonathan Caulkins puts the figure at less than half a percent.
And these are the convictions of record.
Our pro-criminal media invariably cite the conviction of record, as if that’s the worst crime committed by the defendant. But, as the Times itself reports: “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains.”
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