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  • Όνομα κυβέρνηση: Eric Van Buren
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What A Prisoner Thinks About Prison Reform

Prison reform

Martin Luther King Jr. in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” stated, “in any [ ] campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist, negotiation, self purification, and direct action.”

I pretext this blog post with this thought because I’ve been getting a lot of questions about these new bills that are suppose to help address the prison population crisis. You know I always keep it real as penitentiary steel, so here we go.

Step 1: Determine Injustice

A Bunch of Hype

Πρώτα, a group of billionaires made a bunch of hype about prison reform to get the media involved. Καταλαβαίνω, all BIG media is politically influenced. All media present facts and events from their own unique perspective. This is to capture an audience. SO IS MEDIA.

Prison reform issues needed to be brought to the BIG media level to:

1) Make the public aware of a serious problem and threat to the American way of life

2) Show how quickly the problem, once identified, is being resolved.

Without media hype the public would not have been unaware of America’s prison problem. Θυμάμαι, the judicial system must give notice to the public and protect them. This is legal policy. Because of this the public has spoken and they want prison reform. They want America’s prison problem resolved. Μετά από όλα, it is their tax dollars at work. This is why Congress has recently acted.

Ομπάμα
While all this hype was being drummed up about prison reform, coincidentally, Obama made a series of hard-line speeches about the need for prison reform, and surprisingly he visited a Federal prison. His visit was unprecedented, and I applaud the president for doing something no other person in his position has done.

Step 2: Negotiation

For all who do not know, Bobby Scott is one of Obama’s άνδρες. This is probably why all the bills introduced by Bobby Scott would really make a difference. (Βλέπω, Safe Justice Act -H.R.2944). The Safe Justice Act would actually address and eliminate America’s prison crisis as it exists. It would give the American people exactly what they asked for. Like an Act in a play, now ENTERS the new bills. They are the Senate bill called The Corrections Act (S. 467) and a new House bill I call the “Good Latte” bill. They are actually almost identical and, in my opinion, these bills do little if anything to address and eliminate the prison crisis. But you decide. Go to FAMM.org.

The New Bills

I’ll get straight to the juicy parts.

(a.) All that talk about good-time in the Safe Justice Act is DEAD in the Corrections Act. Instead of giving prisoners an incentive to reform and rehabilitate themselves by successfully programming, the new bills would have a prisoner “cash-in” good-time credits to be used for longer periods of half-way house and monitored home placement per the Γραφείο των Φυλακών’ (BOP) discretion. This is something another bill, The Second Chance Act, addresses, but is used sparingly by the BOP. Ειρωνικώς, the BOP has a policy that implements a formula that results in a prisoner doing more than 85% of their time. Remember the law requires you do NO MORE THAN 85% of your time. Just put that in perspective.

(b). The gun provisions in the new bill are a JOKE as well. Prior state offenses now can trigger HARSH mandatory minimums for subsequent use of a firearm. Επίσης, the ‘subsequent offense’ provision would not be eliminated. It would drop to a 15-year mandatory minimum. Instead of you getting 30 χρόνια, you would get 20 χρόνια. 2 decades instead of three. It also increases the sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon, BUT decreases, by five years, the 15-years mandatory for being an Armed Career Criminal. Because the United States Attorney’s Office has SO MUCH power and grades their attorneys per conviction efficiency, my educated guess is most defendants will end up with the same amount of time in every case.

(γ). The drug provision now ONLY affects 6,500 άτομα. All prisoners who have mandatory minimums that would drop under the retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act can NOT apply for a reduction. This is odd to me because the U.S. Supreme Court investigated whether crack was the same as cocaine, and the scientific result was that crack and cocaine are the same. One is no more addictive than the other. Επιπλέον, Υ.. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chided the drug law for being seemingly prejudicial and unconstitutional. Many U.S. District Court judges have stated penalizing crack 100 times more severely than cocaine has NO place in today’s law. (See U.S. District Court Judge Norman. K. Moon). The Obama Administration believes that the crack disparity is unconstitutional. So much so they labeled it a civil rights matter. (See official White House website).

Why does one have to make a request for your judge NOT to sentence you under an unconstitutional provision? I thought police upheld the law and judges upheld the constitution?

(d). The new bills even add two new mandatory minimums which has FAMM going crazy. They aren’t very happy, and I concur.

Αμάν, don’t let me forget solitary confinement for juveniles is now banned. A ban that was done internationally. Επιπλέον, solitary confinement is outlawed internationally (Βλέπω Φυλακή Νομική Ειδήσεις) and no prisoner should be legally held in solitary confinement for more than 15 ημέρες, unless some exceptional circumstance exists. But the bill doesn’t go this far.

Step 3: Self Purification

According to the billionaire Koch brothers’ attorney, the Corrections Act will be the bill that passes. He states it’s not perfect but a good FIRST step. HA! This problem has existed since 1987. The problem reached a boiling point in 2001. Now it’s just boiling over. First Step?

All this makes me wonder where is the real change that was promised to us? I mean we can all HOPE, but who has the audacity to do that? Surely not a prisoner suffering through these admitted injustices. And surely not the people who are affected by these outrageously biased and unconstitutional laws and the biased and ineffective bills being proposed as solutions.

Civil Rights Movement
Per Dr. Βασιλιάς, 1) we know an INJUSTICE has been DETERMINED, which is many minorities suffer from excessive mandatory minimum sentences, σκληρή και ασυνήθιστη τιμωρία, and draconian 20-years and 30-years and LIFE sentences for non-violent drug crimes; 2) the president and Congress have NEGOTIATED criminal justice issues; 3) many have endured SELF-PURIFICATION. There are too many stories about the results of self-purification in today’s media not to conclude we are ready for the next step, which is 4) DIRECT ACTION.

Step 4: Direct Action

FAMM ALERT

Recently FAMM put out an ALERT stating it wanted everyone to contact their congressperson and request that the SAFE JUSTICE ACT (H.R. 2944) be passed. Like all the other agencies that support the passing of the SAFE JUSTICE ACT, FAMM appears to believe the Corrections Act does not go far enough, and I concur.

The Safe Justice Act, would eliminate the 25-year mandatory minimums for subsequent gun offenses and not just adjust them to 15 χρόνια. It would allow prisoners to earn good time credit by programming, qualifying them for 10 days for every 100 days they successfully program. Επιπλέον, the Fair Sentencing Act would be for everyone who did not benefit from it and no just 6,500 άνθρωποι (half will probably be denied.) SMH. Κατά τη γνώμη μου,, the Safe Justice Act does more to address and eliminate America’s mass incarceration crisis.

Imbeciles
To me only an imbecile would believe that taking away incentives for prisoners to program and keep good conduct is a better way forward to solving the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism. In federal prisons jobs are a problem. There are usually 300 jobs per every 1,100 κρατουμένων. What’s more? Programs are more available for those on the way home and denied to those with lengthy sentences. There is no incentive for rehabilitation in the majority of federal prisons. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop . . .

Either someone does not give a #%^@ about what the American people want, or we have a bunch of imbeciles in Congress. Είτε έτσι είτε αλλιώς, it doesn’t look promising. Ας ελπίσουμε ότι δεν είναι η περίπτωση. Let’s all get with FAMM’s Alert and take DIRECT ACTION by calling on the House to pass The Safe Justice Act (H.R. 2944) instead of the Corrections Act (S. 2123). More info @ FAMM.org.

“You can get out when you ought to get out, or when they want you to get out. It’s on you!

Eric Van Buren
Jail House Lawyer and Post-Conviction Litigation Strategist
Author of The Art of Winning Litigation

  

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