Seems everyone is for the criminals any more……
Legislation aimed at reducing federally-mandated minimum prison sentences is expected to come up in Congress this week, and GOP leaders want to speed it through ASAP.
This may come as a surprise to anyone who thinks of the GOP as the party of law and order. Republicans have won several elections since the time of Richard Nixon thanks to their tough on crime image. Republicans were also instrumental in passing the mandatory minimum sentences in the 1980s and 90s that are now destined for the chopping block.
Why the sudden change?
Some say it’s “just good policy.” But if instituting mandatory minimums was good policy two decades ago, why is it now good policy to do the opposite?
The primary reason for Republicans’ adopting criminal justice reform is not due to policy considerations. It’s due to the perception that it will make inroads into minority communities. The GOP is desperate to win over demographics that don’t vote red in November.
They also want to show that they can be bipartisan and pass legislation that all the smart people believe is the right thing to do. Granted, the bill currently being sped through the Senate with only one measly hearing is not as drastic as some supporters hoped it would be, except for the provision that allows it to apply retroactively.
But, similar to comprehensive immigration reform that all the elites loved and championed, criminal justice reform is another case of bipartisanship at its worst.
That’s largely due to its retroactive provision that would release thousands of drug offenders into a nation suffering with a stagnant economy, a rising crime wave and a growing hostility towards police.
Let’s first take a look at an example of micro-reform that’s occurred right in the nation’s capital during America’s present troubles with law and order.