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Old 07-13-2015, 05:29 PM
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President Commutes Sentences of 46

Here are the 46 people whose sentences Obama just commuted - The Washington Post

Exclusively non-violent drug offenders.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:44 PM
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Long overdue and not enough.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:49 PM
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I just wonder how effective a deterrent sentence inflation has been over the past 20 years? While it did a dandy job of keeping those 46 people off of the streets, did it really deter others, most of whom probably never thought that they would be caught?
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It has been a boom for the incarceration industry.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:56 PM
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I believe this subject is covered extensively by OITNB S3.
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I believe this subject is covered extensively by OITNB S3.
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It has been a boom for the incarceration industry.
Exactly, and the owners of the privatized prisons are no doubt heavy political contributors.
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Further proof that Obama is trying to destroy Merica, obviously.
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Exactly, and the owners of the privatized prisons are no doubt heavy political contributors.
They obviously don't contribute as much as these 46 guys.
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So tell me MTI. How is THIS ONE not a violent crime?

James Marion Stockton, Martinsville, Va.
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Western District of Virginia)
Sentence: 420 months imprisonment; eight years supervised release (May 27, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire November 10, 2015.

A convicted felon in possession of a firearm during the commission of more felonies?
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Because he didn't discharge the firearm . . . and the firearm was not on him, it was under a pillow, next to a tin where he had stashed the cocaine base.

Stockton was found in close proximity to the contraband in his own bedroom. He also was the lone male living in the home, and testimony indicated that recent purchases of cocaine base from the home were made from a male. Moreover, on one occasion, Stockton made inculpatory statements tying himself to a handgun found beside a metal tin containing the narcotics under his pillow.

Winfield, are you publicly saying that anyone that has a firearm is violent? Please say it's so . . . please . . .
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So wielding a firearm and threatening to kill someone with it indicates a calm personality that deserves to be put back in our midst?

you're willing to say anything to justify your position aren't you?

Sorry, but I have to hope that he is in your locality, not mine. GEESH!
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:22 PM
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Winfield, where and when did Mr. Stockton "wield" or "threaten to kill someone?" You have some image in your head, and I'm just curious who put it there, because it's sure not in any court record. Again, are you saying that mere possession makes someone a violent character?

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MTI, I think it's just a case of owning a gun (somewhere) while black.

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Orange is the New Black—the all female prison show. In the third season the prison is sold to a corporation because of financial malfeasance. Hijinks and further mismanagement ensue including: prisoners sleeping on plywood because mattresses are burned because of bedbugs, the library books being burned (same reason) and not replaced because of costs, liquid meals that arrive in 5 gallon bags, no training for the correctional officers who then assault or pepper spray prisoners, the corporation opens a sweatshop, denial of civil rights in lieu of prisoner protection, etc. Basically, they just get into the consequences of the worst kinds of capitalism. It's very cheery. An enterprising prisoner also starts a used panties business. It's a very black comedy.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:39 PM
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I watched some of them with the Mrs. Some interesting action there. This habit of folks to refer to things by their initials only works when others know the code. It was a big problem at Purdue when I worked there. I bet there are a thousand acronyms there. Sometimes two different things are represented by the same acronym if common in different parts of the little Purdue world.
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