President Obama has commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners mostly incarcerated for drug offenses. The first thing I need to know is exactly who the people are and what they are in prison for. Daniel Greenfield in Frontpage Magazine gets me off to a good start.
"These men and women were not hardened criminals, but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years. Fourteen of them had been sentenced to life for nonviolent drug offenses, so their punishments didn't fit the crime,"
The headline prisoner featured is not one of those heralded "non-violent" offenders Obama is crowing about about.
In addition, take any of those prisoners in federal lockups for drug offenses, and I will assure you as a retired DEA agent that these are not just some unlucky mopes who got caught smoking marijuana or using any other drug and who got sentenced to "decades" in prison. These are dealers and traffickers at the higher end of the drug trafficking chain. There are federal sentencing guidelines in place based on many factors, such as prior arrest, quantity of drugs seized, the persons position of the organization etc. A judge must justify in writing why he or she gave a sentence below or above those guidelines.
My question is what is wrong giving a major trafficker 10-20 or 30 years in prison given the misery they have caused? And just because the guy wasn't arrested in some shootout or didn't commit murder doesn't merit the label, "non-violent".
I really fear what president Obama has in mind for his criminal justice reform. Releasing more prisoners onto the street doesn't make our streets safer as the President claims.