I just added Chokehold by Paul Butler to the Recommended Reading Section. Former federal prosecutor Butler penned a book in a similar vein to Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and Dr. Matthew Robinson’s Criminal Injustice. It deals with social inequities and their relationship with our criminal justice system.
I caught a few minutes of Chris Hayes’ show on Monday night with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in McDowell County, West Virginia. The conversation turned to the problem of opiate addiction. It made me think: what if the Trump administration took the challenge of helping those addicted to opiates as seriously as it took dismantling environmental regulations? Specifically what if it issued a mandate that for every person incarcerated for possession we put two in treatment? Let’s explore. Continue reading If Trump Truly Cared
This space and many other have been full of predictions of the bad legislation and executive maneuvers we can see forthcoming from the incoming Trump administration and the accompanying Republican controlled Congress. My track record has been as poor as almost everyone else’s in predicting Donald Trump the last year or so but the doomsday predictions look pretty accurate at this point. One area nobody has predicted legislation in is immigration reform other than Muslim bans and databases. I’m going to go out on limb and saying comprehensive immigration reform may well happen but it is not going to look like anything liberals or Latinos will be happy with. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Surprise “Solution”