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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president: Will injustice ever end?

  • As long as good people like Barack Obama continue to fight against the injustice they see in the world we will be a better place.

    Obama looked at our justice system and saw gross injustice which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone familiar with our court system. He wasn't able to correct all injustices, but he commuted sentences for a whopping 1711 inmates. For comparison the compassionate christian G.W. Bush commuted 11, as if we haven't ruined enough lives for just ingesting a plant. Long ago we realized that the mandatory minimum sentencing laws passed by Congress in the 90's were draconian, unfair, and racist. For instance crack cocaine, which was favored by poor black people, was given a whopping 10-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of 10 grams. However Congress decided that users of powder cocaine, who tend to be rich and white, didn't deserve such hostile treatment. They decided you had to possess 1,000 grams of powder to get the same 10-year sentence, giving us a 100-1 disparity for crack vs powder users. Eventually liberals were able to fight such injustice and reduced (but couldn't eliminate) the disparity. Obama went looking for people caught in this type of unfair sentencing and reduced their sentence to what it would have been if they were sentenced today under the improved guidelines. So this gross 'injustice' you are whining about is Obama saying a black cocaine user who has already spent more time in prison than a white cocaine user could go home. If you think that's outrageous remember the white cocaine user was sent home years ago.

  • There is hope as long as there are people like Barack Obama to stand up and fight injustice.

    Obama looked at our justice system and saw gross injustice which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone familiar with our court system. He wasn't able to correct all injustices, but he commuted sentences for a whopping 1711 inmates. For comparison the compassionate christian G.W. Bush commuted 11, as if we haven't ruined enough lives for just ingesting a plant. Long ago we realized that the mandatory minimum sentencing laws passed by Congress in the 90's were draconian, unfair, and racist. For instance crack cocaine, which was favored by poor black people, was given a whopping 10-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of 10 grams. However Congress decided that users of powder cocaine, who tend to be rich and white, didn't deserve such hostile treatment. They decided you had to possess 1,000 grams of powder to get the same 10-year sentence, giving us a 100-1 disparity for crack vs powder users. Eventually liberals were able to fight such injustice and reduced (but couldn't eliminate) the disparity. Obama went looking for people caught in this type of unfair sentencing and reduced their sentence to what it would have been if they were sentenced today under the improved guidelines. So this gross 'injustice' you are whining about is Obama saying a black cocaine user who has already spent more time in prison than a white cocaine user could go home. If you think that's outrageous remember the white cocaine user was sent home years ago.

  • As long as men like Barack Obama do their part to fight injustice America will keep improving.

    Obama looked at our justice system and saw gross injustice which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone familiar with our court system. He wasn't able to correct all injustices, but he commuted sentences for a whopping 1711 inmates. For comparison the compassionate christian G.W. Bush commuted 11, as if we haven't ruined enough lives for just ingesting a plant. Long ago we realized that the mandatory minimum sentencing laws passed by Congress in the 90's were draconian, unfair, and racist. For instance crack cocaine, which was favored by poor black people, was given a whopping 10-year mandatory minimum for simple possession of 10 grams. However Congress decided that users of powder cocaine, who tend to be rich and white, didn't deserve such hostile treatment. They decided you had to possess 1,000 grams of powder to get the same 10-year sentence, giving us a 100-1 disparity for crack vs powder users. Eventually liberals were able to fight such injustice and reduced (but couldn't eliminate) the disparity. Obama went looking for people caught in this type of unfair sentencing and reduced their sentence to what it would have been if they were sentenced today under the improved guidelines. So this gross 'injustice' you are whining about is Obama saying a black cocaine user who has already spent more time in prison than a white cocaine user could go home. If you think that's outrageous remember the white cocaine user was sent home years ago.

  • Power is always king.

    It's more important to have power, because it allows you to get away with unjust things. There are millions of other people in prison today on drug offenses that will never have their sentences commuted. Obama shouldn't be choosing winners and losers just because he is in power. This is so unfair to everyone.

  • No, injustice will likely not end.

    No, injustice will likely not end. People make mistakes. Sometimes individual are sent to prison with harsh sentences. That's why it's good that the president can pardon individuals. A good and just president can help release prisoners who should not have gotten such harsh sentences. This is a way to combat injustice.

  • Obama commuted many other sentences before leaving office, for crimes more offensive than drug crimes. Not necessarily an injustice.

    Obama has commuted sentences of other criminals who committed crimes more severe than those who were convicted of drugs. Many of these commuted sentences have special circumstances, which need to be looked in to. It is well know that many of our prisons are filled beyond capacity. Many of these inmates are in for non-violent drug related crimes. Many of them are serving time for minimal drug related crimes. Should we continue to keep them incarcerated and let the pedafiles and murderers back on the streets?

  • No, it will never end.

    The world is not a fair place. Even though many try, injustice still exists in the world. Therefore, injustice will never end. We must all strive for a more perfect union - equality and justice for everyone. This should be our ideal; however, it still will not end injustice for some.


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