Black People Politics : 6 Reasons Why Obama's Clemency Program For Drug Offenders Doesn't Change Mass Incarceration One Bit

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  1. RAPTOR

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    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    1.The Obama administration’s expected releases will use the president's clemency
    powers. Presidential clemency amounts to forgiveness after the fact. Clemency does
    not change a single word or phrase in any of the galaxy of state and federal
    laws which have already sent literally millions to prison
    for absurdly long
    sentences for what authorities call “non-violent drug offenses,” and under which
    hundreds of thousands are currently serving those same sentences and hundreds of
    thousands more are awaiting trial and sentencing. Clemency leaves those laws in place,
    so that the places of those released will soon be filled again.

    2.Presidential clemency will set no legal precedents that current or future
    defendants in federal or state drug cases, their attorneys or sentencing judges can use
    to avoid the application of unjust existing laws, including harsh mandatory minimums
    and sentencing guidelines. Like the unjust statutes, the unjust legal precedents which
    have helped filled state and federal prisons to bursting will also remain intact.

    3.Presidential clemency will have no effect on the predatory conduct of
    police and prosecutors on the state or federal level
    . Police departments will
    remain free to conduct their “war on drugs” almost exclusively in poor and minority
    communities. Prosecutors will still be able to coerce defendants into accepting plea
    bargains, and threaten them with longer sentences if they go to trial. If only one in
    twenty defendants across the board and even fewer in federal court currently go to
    trial, what does that say about the ability or the willingness of our courts to even try
    determining guilt or innocence? Federal prosecutors have publicly thumbed their
    noses at Eric Holder's feeble questioning of the war on drugs, stated their intention to
    continue filling the prisons and jails, and local prosecutors in the US are elected
    officials accustomed to running for office based on how many people they can lock up
    for how long.

    4.Presidential clemency can only be applied to federal prisoners, who are a
    mere 190,000, or 11% of the roughly 1.7 million currently serving time.

    (Another 600,000 are awaiting trial on all levels or serving misdemeanor time.) If
    we're talking about federal prisoners serving drug related sentences, the universe
    shrinks to only 100,000, or 5% of the nation's 2.3 million prisoners.

    5.There are more former prisoners than current ones. For the rest of their lives,
    former prisoners and their families are viciously discriminated against in
    a host of ways, in the job and housing market, in education and public
    services and in access to health care, all legally. That won't change.
    Even the
    few that get this clemency won't be protected from that.

    6.The federal government will NOT even be screening all federal drug
    prisoners to determine who is eligible for clemency.
    Attorney General Holder
    has instead announced that criminal defense lawyers and organizations like
    the ACLU are being asked to bring to the government's
    attention cases they
    imagine are most deserving of clemency. Don't they have, you know, a Department of
    Justice for that? Depending on private organizations and attorneys to come
    up with the cases for possible clemency turns the whole thing into an
    exercise in philanthropy, not the fundamental change in governmental
    policy that people need, want and demand.
    It means that prisoners serving
    unduly long sentences who don't have vigilant private attorneys and advocacy
    organizations on their case will remain unjustly imprisoned, while those with outside
    friends have a chance at early release.

    Read more: http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/6-reasons-
    why-obamas-clemency-program-drug-offenders-doesnt-change-
    mass-incarceration-one-bi
     
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    Clemency for drug offenders literally changes everything for the individuals released. Because it does no do like superman did in superman 2 where he circled the earth backward and undid time, doesn't mean that it is no good. Talk about being unsatisfied... isn't that one of the black stereotypes?.. not being able to be pleased?..

    I swear there's nothing Obama could do that the Black Agenda Report would not find fault with. At this point is almost comical.. just pure hate.. in the colloquial sense of the word.
     
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    I understand his attempt to make things right and many applaud his efforts, I personally have no beef with our president.

    The one issue that is the reality of many black men and women who are in prison and eventually released (clemency or not) goes back to #5 on that list.

    As I stated in the other thread that was posted yesterday, " Where are the jobs for these people when they get out and the help needed to keep them from having to turn to same crimes again that lead to imprisonment once again?"..

    What are the real answers to the real root of problems that create this in first place?

    If honest, can we say there are no real solutions that will be a cure-all and this is a reality and 'burden' that we have no choice but to bear?...
     
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    Your new avatar is simply beautiful ...


     
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    Aww..thanks Clyde.

    I thought the same thing when I saw it.
     
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    yvw ... I'm Becoming Me

     
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    Unless the mentality that a felony is a badge of honor ends, it wont make a difference





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    Point well made, its almost viewed as a "rite of passage" by our young men. As though its the thing to do, since e'er body else is doing it, smh.


     
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    The factors and issues that ultimately are responsible for mass incarceration are many; there is no one reason these issues exist; take into consideration a system that is designed to keep many stuck in the system, this is just one factor.
     
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    No, in the past we were incarcerated as a way of control, illegally. Though that is the ultimate aim still, today we volunteer for the control. We have shunned education as false. Thus, we have a self inflicted perpetuation of the repeating poverty cycle





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