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March 13, 2014
Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason.
Attorney General Eric Holder • While outlining a new proposal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would drastically reduce the amount of jail time being served by non-violent drug offenders. The changes include an 15 month reduction in the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony crack and cocaine possession charges, and the combined changes should reduce the average drug offender’s period of incarceration by 17 percent. source
18:24 // 5 months ago
January 26, 2013
Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.
A message posted to the hacked website of the U.S. Sentencing Commmission • Decrying the death by suicide of internet pioneer Aaron Swartz, whose family and friends have suggested was hounded towards suicide by an especially harsh prosecution being brought against him, for a large-scale downloading and alleged free releasing of academic articles (he faced a possible 35 years in prison, and 13 felony counts). Now, hacker group Anonymous has threatened vengeance over Swartz’s tragic death, having hacked the U.S. Sentencing Commission site and issuing a further threat that they’ve obtained information from secret government networks that they may release in retribution. The incident is being viewed as a “criminal investigation,” according to an FBI executive assistant director, Richard McFeely: “We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.” source
15:08 // 1 year ago