Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sensible sentencing reform

Here's the Register's editorial on the Supreme Court's decision restoring some discretion to judges when it comes to sentencing, especially on the absurd law passed in the wake of the crack panic in the 1980s that made the sentence for possession of crack 100 times harsher than the sentence for powder cocaine. Not that either of them should carry a criminal penalty or any kind of legal penalty whatsoever. Let people suffer the consequences of the use and take responsibility for their choices. Turning drug users into criminals doesn't do them or society anything but harm.

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