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Adam Probolski writes this spin of the Libby commutation that turns previous Republican “logic” on its head.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty obvious that Libby is not a violent person. Ã‚Â The commutation of his sentence saves taxpayers money and reduces prison overcrowding. Ã‚Â Yet Libby will continue to be punished in other ways.
LibbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case provides an example of how similar reform could be advanced for other nonviolent felons.Ã‚Â
Of course, violent criminals should be kept locked up to serve their full sentences and probation. But if convicted criminals clearly are nonviolent.Ã‚Â And if they can be monitored, as needed, to make sure theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not committing crimes. Ã‚Â Then they and society at large would benefit from alternatives to being locked up in the slammer.
As of this year in California, of 171,000 inmates of state prisons, 86,000 are in for nonviolent crimes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ just over half. And of those, 36,000 are in for drug crimes.
Yet California has space in its prisons for just 100,000 inmates. Just last week, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Two federal court judges suggested Wednesday they were prepared to take steps that could lead to the early release of thousands of inmates to relieve prison overcrowding.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If even a quarter of the nonviolent prisoners were released Ã¢â‚¬â€œ under proper supervision Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the prison crisis could be greatly alleviated. And rather than judges acting unilaterally, the California Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger should take preemptive action.
This is really good stuff.Ã‚Â These “lock ’em all up” conservatives are now trying to reframe sentencing reform into an effort to reduce the prison population of non-violent felons.Ã‚Â As I recall, these conservatives have opposed three strikes reform which would reduce the number of non-violent felons as well.
Nothing like changing your tune when it suits your needs.
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