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VANCOUVER - An attorney who helped U.S. politicians write mandatory-minimum sentencing laws during the 1980s has a warning for Canadian parliamentarians.
Imposing long jail terms for minor drug offences has been a mistake in the U.S. and won't work in Canada," said Eric E. Sterling, who once served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
"When you start going down this road of building more prisons and sending people away for long periods of time, and you convince yourself that this is going to deter people you've made a colossal mistake," said Sterling, who now the president of the Maryland-based Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
"We have learned the hard way that long sentences are not deterring people from selling drugs when the profits are so great."
Originally posted by jrod
reply to post by DavidWillts
So when is the last time you drank some coffee?
The mandatory sentences are great for Prison Industrial Complex. Non-violent drug users make good prisoners.
Originally posted by jrod
I've seen a hungry person steal from a grocery store because they had no money. Poverty cause more crime than drugs ever will.
Originally posted by DavidWillts
reply to post by jrod
Have you actually seen someone get killed or get robbed over drugs alone?
Originally posted by stirling
Yep wes a veerin off topic here....
Listen, the minimums dont work....thats pretty much proven fact here....
The canadian Goverment is about to turn down the same road that has cost the Americans billions if not a trillion by now....
With more billions to come for housng these so called criminals whose crimes were no more violent than inhaling verbotten smoke,.......
The war on the hard druge has much the same consequences, and is not the way to reduce harm.
HIV,Hep B, C and D, not to mention the STDs etc that sll come as a result of illegalising what a person may ingest .......
Think many working girls would still be pounding the streets if they could get their perscrptions like normal?
an HIV rate only even half what we have now.....maybe less....
The revenue legalising recreational drugs would bring in.....
The gang problem would also be lessened as they rely on all these for resources....
Time to grow up and recognise true individual liberty means you can be a drug addict if you want to....just dont bother anyone else with it!
Many more punitive laws will be comming down the pike as the police state gets firmly established....
What about the abortion thing?
This could give you jail time too....or even getting a vasectomy aparently, in some state....
Stupid laws with mandatory sentences can be described as cruel and unusual punishment in themselves!