Darryl W. Perry: ‘Jeff Sessions takes two steps backward on sentencing reform’


Darryl W. Perry is chair of the LP of New Hampshire and sought the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2016. Posted at fpp.cc.

There aren’t many things a civil libertarian will say the Obama Administration did right, their minor reforms on federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines were certainly steps in the right direction. The Trump Administration has now reversed course and taken giant steps backwards.

On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS stating in part, “It is of the utmost importance to enforce the law fairly and consistently.” Adding the goal of the memo is to “achiev[e] just and consistent results in federal cases” by requiring prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.”

Vice News calls this move “War on Drugs 2.0” reporting, “The move counteracts the ‘smart on crime’ reforms enacted under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, including a 2013 policy change that allowed prosecutors to use their discretion and avoid harsh mandatory minimums in drug cases that involve lower-level or nonviolent offenders.” Adding, “The leeway helped reduce the federal prison population by nearly 10 percent. Last year, about 44 percent of federal drug offenders received a mandatory-minimum sentence, the lowest level since 1993.”

It seems that Trump, Sessions & Co. want to keep the prisons full of nonviolent drug offenders; which should come as no surprise considering Sessions said last year “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and recently described cannabis as “only slightly less awful” than heroin. One need only look at the statistics to see that Sessions is out of touch with the reality that cannabis is responsible for exactly 0 overdose related deaths in all of human history! But I digress.

Udi Ofer, director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, said, “With overall crime rates at historic lows, it is clear that this type of one-dimensional criminal justice system that directs prosecutors to give unnecessarily long and unfairly harsh sentences to people whose behavior does not call for it did not work… the American people have said with a clear voice that they want commonsense reforms to sentencing policy, and not a return to the draconian policies that have already cost us too much.”

Mandatory minimum sentences not only fill up prisons, they remove judicial discretion by essentially forcing judges to give long sentences, sometimes life in prison, to nonviolent criminals like Evans Ray Jr. who had his three-strikes sentence commuted by former President Obama. The judge in that case, Alexander Williams Jr., before handing down the harsh sentence said, “It is my desire not to sentence you to life.” However his hands were tied and he was required by law to issue a sentence he knew wasn’t “fair and consistent” with the circumstances of Ray’s offense.

Despite support from lawmakers, judges and civil liberties groups for reform of mandatory minimum sentencing, Kevin Ring, President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, says, “We’re going backward.” Though as the proverb says, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward!”

13 thoughts on “Darryl W. Perry: ‘Jeff Sessions takes two steps backward on sentencing reform’

  1. Tony From Long Island

    It is a very rare occasion when I agree with Darryl Perry. This is one of those occasions.

  2. Andy

    “Great ideas
    May 17, 2017 at 10:04
    I usually agree with Darryl Perry. And this is no exception.”

    LOL! You are one of the trolls that was bashing him here not too long ago.

  3. Great ideas

    He has poor presentation in in-person/televised debates. He’s much better as a writer than as a political candidate. As a writer he is top notch. As for trolls, Andy, that would be you.

  4. Tony From Long Island

    Andy, apparently you are lacking in English Comprehension. I usually always disagree with Mr. Perry, which I indicated. On this issue I do not.

    Every now and then I even agree with a few sentences of the drivel you post. When that happens, I say so.

    Basing someone does not automatically make someone a troll. Yes, I had some strongly-worded posts about Mr. Perry. I wouldn’t change a word of them.

  5. Tony From Long Island

    Apparently it was me who can’t comprehend the English language. I read Andy’s post too quickly!!! 🙂

  6. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    May 17, 2017 at 10:38
    Andy, apparently you are lacking in English Comprehension. I usually always disagree with Mr. Perry, which I indicated. On this issue I do not.”

    I was not talking to you with that comment, I was talking to Great Ideas, unless of course you are the same person who is posting under the fake name, Great Ideas, which would not surprise me.

  7. Andy

    “Great ideas
    May 17, 2017 at 10:26
    He has poor presentation in in-person/televised debates. He’s much better as a writer than as a political candidate. As a writer he is top notch.”

    Cut the bullshit. You are the person, or one of the people, who has been trolling here for years. You hide behind fake name and IP anonymizers because you are a coward (your government masters who are paying you to troll probably won’t let you publicly identify yourself for real even if you were not such a coward). You don’t support Perry. You attacked him for his views when he was running.

    You want to prove yourself? Step from behind the fake names and the IP anonymizers.

    “As for trolls, Andy, that would be you.”

    I don’t do trolling, and I have a low opinion of trolls.

  8. Great ideas

    Cut the bullshit, Andy. You have absolutely zero proof or evidence that I have posted under any other names and in fact I have not. If anyone has government masters who are paying him to post here it is you. You have me confused with other people who are not me, just because they use the same anonymizing sites which are used by literally millions of people. And yes, you do trolling, even though it’s under your own name; all that proves is that you have no shame and nothing to lose.

  9. Tony From Long Island

    Andy

    ” . . .I was not talking to you with that comment, I was talking to Great Ideas, unless of course you are the same person who is posting under the fake name, Great Ideas, which would not surprise me. . . ”

    Why do you always seem to say what doesn’t need to be said? I clearly posted right after that I realized you were not speaking to me and said My bad.

    As the great Ray Davies once said “Paranoia may destroy ya”

  10. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    May 17, 2017 at 11:26
    Andy

    ‘ . . .I was not talking to you with that comment, I was talking to Great Ideas, unless of course you are the same person who is posting under the fake name, Great Ideas, which would not surprise me. . . ‘
    Why do you always seem to say what doesn’t need to be said? I clearly posted right after that I realized you were not speaking to me and said My bad.”

    I had not seen that you posted that before I hit post comment.

  11. dL

    unless of course you are the same person who is posting under the fake name, Great Ideas, which would not surprise me.

    Great Ideas posts using a VPN( a recommended practice). Tony does not. As an IT person/developer, I can say unequivocally that Great Ideas and Tony From Long Island are not the same person. And neither one of them are behind any of the false impersonation spam that goes on here…at least during the time I’ve been moderating.

    dL

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