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Ganja Goddess

Registered: 02/13/99
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With Cash Tight, States Reassess Long Jail Terms
    #2089533 - 11/10/03 03:41 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)


"One law shortened sentences for drug offenders and set up money for drug treatment. Another increased the time inmates convicted of drug and property crimes could earn to get out of prison early. Another eliminated parole supervision for low-risk inmates after their release.

Taken together, these laws "represent a real turning point," said Joseph Lehman, the secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, who was a major supporter of the legislative changes. "You have to look at the people who are behind these laws," Mr. Lehman said. "They are not all advocates of a liberal philosophy."

A major backer who helped persuade the Legislature to pass the new drug policy was Norm Maleng, a conservative Republican who has been the King County prosecutor in Seattle since 1979 and was a sponsor of a 1980's law that doubled sentences for drug convictions.

"It was a little like Nixon going to China when Norm went down to the Legislature to persuade them to support this," said his chief of staff, Dan Satterberg.

The new laws will save Washington a projected $45 million a year. But equally important, Mr. Satterberg said, the new drug policy "is a recognition that you can't incarcerate your way out of this problem."

---- Holy shit, are they figuring out they cant fight the drug war, the afghanistan war, the iraq war and the war against civil liberties all at once?


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Re: With Cash Tight, States Reassess Long Jail Terms [Re: PsiloKitten]
    #2089708 - 11/10/03 04:46 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

here's another headline:

with cash tight, local and state first responders
are still underfunded and poorly equiped.

ain't tax cuts grand?

heaven forbid we have any major emergencies,
or worse, more terror attacks.

my port is no safer than it was before september
11th...but iraq gets 87 billion...niiiice...

All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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Ganja Goddess

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Re: With Cash Tight, States Reassess Long Jail Terms [Re: afoaf]
    #2089801 - 11/10/03 05:15 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Did you know they want to give em healthcare too?

So, Im sure the right loves that not only are we involved in way too many social programs at home. But we are paying for the healthcare of the people in the countries that are supposedly responsible for attacks like 9/11 and global terrorism. Get used to it Republicans, because we are about to pack up our traveling circus of democracy and privitization and bring it to a country nowhere near you.

Heh. Any side in this debaucle that can continue to be complicit without understanding that everyone is getting fucked, is fatally flawed.


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Re: With Cash Tight, States Reassess Long Jail Terms [Re: PsiloKitten]
    #2089813 - 11/10/03 05:23 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I don't have problems with long sentences for violent crimes but have no desire to see most others there for most other crimes.

And as for social handouts both here and abroad, I don't like either.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers

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