Mandatory minimum sentences, a valuable weapon in the war on drugs or a handcuff on judicial discretion? Mandatory minimum sentences are sentences that are imposed on drug offenders who are supposed to be considered “king pins” in the drug world. Often defendants who are imposed these harsh sentences have little or no involvement in the sell or preparation of the drugs; and at times are just guilty by association. The law to crack down on drug offenders seems to be harsher than on individuals who have been convicted of murder, rape, and many other crimes; and individuals who have no real knowledge face harsher sentences than the individuals directly involved. In cases handled by the federal government if you have no information to provide to authorities, you are given harsher sentences, because you didn’t cooperate with the government.
Levin’s target audience is Americans because his use of American symbolism such as “July 4,” and “unconstitutional.” In addition, the United States is not the only victim of terrorist attacks. Many countries around the world also fall prey to terrorism. According to Levin, begins his essay with a brief description of how he believes that societies view the subject of torture as negative thing. He justifies his reasoning on torture by allowing it in order to save innocent lives. Levin’s second claim is that the judicial system is a slow process when time is a factor and the only way to speed it up is by torture.
This may be true, and if so it will show gun control does not help as much as someone would think or like. In an article published by USA Today, it is mentioned that our government has already tried limiting our rights during the Clinton administration. The government banned certain semiautomatic firearms, and the result indeed showed that there was absolutely no different in the crime rate, absolutely none. Which has brought me to my next point, the black market. The black market is home to many goods that many cannot easily attain, quite ironic.
I could argue that even more crime could result in effect to fewer prisonable offences and more humane forms of corporal punishment. Think about this: You get in trouble for selling drugs . . . the Judge then sets forth an ultimatum; Stand in the town center and endure a public whipping, or report to jail for the next year.
When used, the Three Strikes law treats all crimes the exact same way, which makes the law unjust. For example, someone who raped and murdered a twelve year old girl would receive the same exact punishment as someone who was caught with marijuana. Many people want to put a stop to situations like this, but every day these trials are taking places. The media then tries to persuade the citizens into believing the law is effective by broadcasting different trials that put the person in prison. But, they do not tell the public that they are being put in prison for stealing “videos or pizza” (Messerli).
Worley, te al. Found three types of "turners" offenders identified as developing inappropriate relationships with staff members: 1 heartbreakers 2 exploiters and 3 hell raisers. Sexual violence is not a subject administrators care to discuss frequently As part of the prison rape elimination act of 2003 the bureau of justice statistics (bjs) developed a new data collection effort on incidence/prevalence of sexual assault. (Lack of evidence) Sexual violence increased by 21 percent after ^^^^ Administrators take another tack, that issuing condoms sends the wrong message. -- it encourages consensual or coercive sex --- condoms can be used to conceal drugs.
Shannon Green Psychology of drug abuse Opinion paper 4 Should pregnant drug users be prosecuted? Pregnant drug users should not be prosecuted. Carolyn Carter argues that the reason they should not be prosecuted because “the prosecution of pregnant drug users is unfair because poor women are more likely to be the targets of such prosecution. To enable pregnant women who use drugs to receive perinatal care, it is necessary to define their drug use as a health problem rather than as a legal problem.” I agree 100 % with the entire quote. I can identify with this topic because at 18 years old my younger cousin was on drugs and pregnant and was sent to jail all at the same time.
So as you can see from where they stand Obama is a little more for Gun Control while McCain is almost completely Agenst it. My opinion on this issue is that it is our constituional right to have these fire arms and that we should be able to keep them. I had a history teacher tell me once that the one admendment is the only one that keeps the government on edge and doing what the population wants cuz it gives us the power to rebel if the government stopes listening to us. Also I think that if they do band guns like they do in other country’s all they are going to accomplish is taking the guns out of the good guys hands and giving the bad people who will not turn theirs in a free
OVERCRIMINALIZATION CRISIS Overcriminalization Crisis University of Phoenix CJA/343 Criminal Law Marcia Salinas August 4, 2009 In America, “overcriminalization” is described as a trend, particularly favored by Congress, to use criminal law as a mean to solving every problem, punishing every mistake and coercing American citizens into a conforming to a behavior and lifestyle which would satisfy the objectives set forth by social engineering. (Heritage, 2008) Many who oppose overcriminalization say it is just a way for government to pry itself into the American people's private lives. (Heritage, 2008) Ideally, criminal law should only be used to address conduct which society as a whole believes to be deserving
If drugs become more available, acceptable and cheap, they will draw in greater numbers of vulnerable youth. And because of marketing tactics of drug promoters and the major decline in drug use in the 1990s (due in great part to antidrug, education and awareness campaigns), there is a growing perception among young people today that drugs are harmless. A decade ago, for example, 79 percent of 12th graders thought regular marijuana use was harmful; only 58 percent do so today. Because peer pressure is such a factor in inducing kids to experiment with drugs, the way kids perceive the risks of drug use is critical. Legalizing smoked marijuana, giving it the government’s stamp of approval, sends the message to kids that drug use is not only harmless, but normal.