Drop the Rock, that is, the argument using people convicted of violent crimes to make the case…

The Rockefeller Drug reform movement argued its case for reform by using people convicted of violent crimes, stating that people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses were being sentenced to the same amount of time if not more than people convicted of homicide-related cases. One should note that many of the people sentenced to 15 years to life or more under the Rockefeller Drug Laws refused plea bargains with significantly lower sentences. I know an individual who sold drugs at his college campus to undercover cops. He was released on bail and went right back to campus and sold drugs to other undercover cops. He was offered a plea bargain of 2 to 4 years for both crimes but refused to take the plea. He went to trial, was convicted, and sentenced to 15 years to life. He ended up serving 13 years. Now the real issue here was how he was prosecuted. The prosecution, in offering him that plea of 2 to 4 years, was admitting that for his crime he should serve no more than 4 years. How did he end up with a 15-year minimum sentence? That’s the problem. Instead, the Rockefeller Drug reform movement compared apples and oranges. It should have went after the prosecutors, and a system that unconstitutionally increased sentences for people who exercised their Constitutional right to go to trial. Needless to say, those most vociferously opposed to Rockefeller Drug Laws reform were prosecutors.

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Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on Amazon.com.
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2 Responses to Drop the Rock, that is, the argument using people convicted of violent crimes to make the case…

  1. Mrs. Stephanie Holloway says:

    It so sad because got convicted of forgery not check suppose I write letter to judge say I am somebody else. I was look at 25 year for something I did not do but 2 year probation but harassment everyday person woman did this.

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  2. Their should guideline my son was sent to prison his first ever been trouble as a adult he was sent to prison. Drug case should have a guideline just like if you going out kill someone get less sentence. Look at my husband sentence unarmed carjacking 28 year I believe it never happened and believe victim lie. Did 15 year dont you think time out of their. Do you think it time some of them need to be released after they did 12 to 20 year every have right to second life.

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