Next time , because there will most likely (71% chance) be a next time, When
this convicted armed drug dealer decides to shoot a police officer rather than
go back to jail, let’s see how many politicians will be standing around to
shake his hand. Police deal with armed criminals, maybe if the
criminals could take their guns into the locked down safe space of the court
room,or onto the floor of congress maybe they would see the side of the criminal
they have the luxury of dismissing. He did ten years i hope no one
sheds a tear for that or now feels compelled to give him a million dollars for
his suffering. What was the gun for anyway? Oh, in case he runs into an armed
drug dealer. Non police officers will never know what it’s like
encountering real time real world dangersand face to face confrontation with
Interesting a South African would be espousing socioeconomic reasons for crime
when south Africa is 7th in the world in violent crime and the United States is
14th. Don't forget, this man had a gun along with the pot. Who knows what
crimes he'd done in the past. We just don't know.
There are nonviolent marijuana offenders serving sentences of life without
parole, They were charged with conspiracy and exercised their 6th amendment
right to trial. These are the Prisoners Left Behind by Clemency Project 2014
and by The First Step Act. This is not fiscally responsible, compassionate,
merciful or just.
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
Maybe we could just go all out and implement a justice system similar to the
Scandinavian systems? Norway has a recidivism rate of 7% while the U.S.
recidivism rate is 76%!I know it would require the public to move
away from punishment systems, but it would sure be a lot better if we focused on
rehabilitation rather than puritan punishment. And, did I mention cheaper?
I'm guess the savings would be north of $100 billion a year in the U.S.
Dealers are a lot different than users only, especially when carrying a weapon
at the same time.Chap is and his associates?
55 years in prison for a crime where no one was hurt. Ridiculous. Lets get this
changed. Keep dangerous, repeat offenders locked away, but we don't need to
waste taxpayer dollars locking up someone who could be a productive person.
Thanks Senator Lee.
Kudos to a great man, Mike Lee. I was directly impacted by the charity of his
father, Rex. I can vouch for the character of this family. The Lees are as good
as it gets when it comes to caring human beings. Mike is showing the apple does
not fall far from the tree. You are a great man, Senator Lee! When
so many others simply talk a good game, thank you for leading by example and
walking the walk, too.
Good work Mike!The prison system is broken and for as much money as
we spend we are getting a poor return.Just one reason why Utah
shouldn't be spending $2 billion on a new prison. Goodness.
I am generally very critical of Mike Lee and his self-acclaimed constitutional
expertise, but I feel compelled to praise him for a job well done. Now, if we
can only extend this bipartisanship to other issues and venues!
I support efforts to make the time fit the crime, and to work harder on reducing
recidivism. I am impressed that Sen. Lee stuck with this for eight years.
Any of you read Les Miserable?The majority of criminals are those who come
from low socioeconomic circumstances and/or broken homes. The best way to
fight crime is to fight this.Why do small time dealers exist? Most of them
because they get free drugs for dealing for their dealer. Why did they get
addicted in the first place? Prescriptions are part of the problem, but from
what I've seen most of the people who have drug problems had emotional
problems before that. Why do we ignore mental health and then wonder why
we have drug problems?Why do we pay people to stay poor and jobless
without getting real help to integrate into society, a great protective
factor?Yes, let's be smart on crime. Let's change what causes
crime in the first place.
I see all these articles about people sexually abusing children, having child
pornography, etc. Everyday, I see something.If we have limited jail
space, it probably is a better idea to have longer terms for pedophiles who act
on their sexual preference than for people selling small amounts of marijuana.
Because the sentences to identical crimes were at the discretion of judges, the
penalty were vastly different from one judge to another. Congress wanted to set
a standard for sentencing to prevent bleeding heart judges from sentencing
rapists or habitual hardcore criminals to a few months instead of years in
prison. I admit 55 years is a long sentence but what is missing in the story is
his previous crimes that led him to receive this 55 year sentence. The three
strikes and you are going to prison for a long time was a good strategy although
it could have been tuned to balance. However, society are safer when these folks
are incarcerated for sometime not plea bargained to a lesser crime. If we
don’t want to do the time, we should stay away from doing the crime.
It's a good start, though prosecutors seem to have more power than judges,
here in Utah. I would like to see more mercy shown in our justice system. We all
can learn from our mistakes.
I thought we sent Senator Lee back to Washington DC to cut the National Debt.
That turned out to be a disaster when all he did was lead the charge to reduce
the taxes of the rich. Talk about doing harm to my grandchildren and they
haven't committed any crimes.
Americans are an odd group of people. The US has one of the highest crime rates
in the developed world despite having some of the harshest sentences in the
world. Doesn't it ring a bell to you that it's not really working? Most other civilised countries have realised that reducing crime
isn't about locking as many people away for as long as possible. Crime is
most often associated to socioeconomic problems within the country. And solving
those does far more to reduce crime that draconian prison sentences.
Advances in crime fighting have dramatically reduced crime in America. The
recent efforts to undo those advances are exactly the wrong approach to fighting
crime.Readers of this paper know that time and again the pages of
this paper are covered with the horrible stories of innocent victims killed by
repeat offenders – criminals who have spun through the revolving door of
the criminal justice system. In recent memory alone, two innocent students at
the U, and a Provo police officer, were killed by criminals that should have
been behind bars.The killing of the innocent needs to stop. We need
the political will to keep known offenders off the street. We need politicians
with the courage to stand up for innocent victims. Such politicians will not
garner laudatory press coverage, but they should take quiet satisfaction in
protecting the innocent, in knowing that our sons, daughters, family, and
friends can safely walk the streets without becoming the next tragedy.
If you go after the cartels and dealers you help to shut down the drug crisis.
Someone getting 55 yrs. for dealing might think twice about whether that is a
good career or not.