No New Taxes For Prisons by Glenn Langohr

by Glenn Langohr
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 12, 2011

why we had high hopes

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As the state seeks to cut crowding, voters favor sentencing modifications for three strike penalties and other non-violent drug crimes. The economy plays a major role along with the awareness of a futile drug war and tough sentencing laws that didn’t work out as expected. Tough on crime political stances and tough sentencing laws that started in the 1980’s during the crack cocaine epidemic, and the three strikes law in 1994 has targeted non-violent criminals for drug habits and crimes relating to petty theft and residential burglaries. Continue reading