One of the Worst Ideas to Come Out of the War on Drugs: Sentencing Enhancement Zones

Video from the Prison Policy Initiative on what is indeed one of the worst ideas to come out of the war on drugs:
 
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1969

That was the first year I was arrested and told that this (additional time)was going to be added to my sentence.I was waiting for my wife to return with some heroin and was sitting in my car that was beside a church.When the police tossed a 10 pound boulder through the windshield right at my face.....,nothing.As I was kicked under my car I heard the priest ask what they were doing."Police!"they said" ."OK" he answered back."Do you need a witness?"To the police,not to me.I never forgot that.Nor did I forget the following interrogation where I was informed the rules about trafficking in the vicinity of a church,school or playground.In 1969,it was extremely hard to find any location that didn't fall within the rather generous boundaries.I think that was kind of the point.I had heard they were discussing it but had no idea it had been made law.It used to be the only thing they could ever agree on so totally that implementation was almost instantaneous.In 1969 the politicians almost all agreed on prohibition.The more draconian,the better.

 Interesting video with valid

 

Interesting video with valid points, thanks for sharing.

This is just part of the new jim crow

You said, "The law essentially says that if you're black, if you're brown, or if you're urban, you're gonna get a longer sentence than anyone else. That's surely not what the legislature intended."

Of course that's what the legislature intended! That's the main point of the drug laws, as documented by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow.

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The fight against drugs and so many things mentioned what we need and that the improvement is not easy. What do you say we recognize and can actually understand.

Thank you for sharing video

Thank you for sharing video information I can get, really valuable and can answer these questions.

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