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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Black lives matter to Trump

The initial numbers are in from the results of the bipartisan criminal justice reform that President Trump signed into law.

The Washington Examiner reported, "According to the just-released report on the First Step Act of 2018, the U.S. Sentencing Commission said 1,051 requests for a reduced sentence were granted in just the first four months since it was signed into law by President Trump in December.

"And overall, the average decrease was 73 months said the report, titled U.S. Sentencing Commission First Step Act of 2018 Resentencing Provisions Retroactivity Data Report."

The average original sentence was 239 months (20 years).

The average new sentence was 166 months (14 years).

The average age of the inmate receiving the reduction was 45.

91.3% of those receiving reductions are black (37.6% of federal inmates are black).

The success of the program won't be known until we look at recidivism rates in five years.

The reform began one year ago when Kim Kardashian visited the White House to lobby on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who was in the 22nd year of a life sentence for dealing drugs. The president commuted her sentence to time served and a gracious Johnson cried as she was released from prison.

This was great orchestration for pulling off a quiet rollback of tough sentencing reforms passed in the 1990s under Clinton. Within six months, we had the new law.

Compare that to Obama's treatment of the subject. He helped orchestrate the anti-police Black Lives Matter movement that produced protests and riots but changed nothing. He turned Alice Johnson down.

I do not know how this reform will work but I know what didn't work.


  1. Life sentences are a cruel joke. If we cannot adequately punish someone in twenty years or less, society is better served by executing them.
    Studies show that when the death penalty is swiftly applied, murder rates fall. When we wait five years or longer, they yeild no good results.
    What is the point of keeping caged animals? If we can punish them, then get them back as productive members of society, it is a win.

    1. My objection to the death penalty is based on my knowledge of how screwed up the system is. You can free a man who was wrongfully convicted, but you can't bring him back to life.

      I have no sympathy for the guilty.

      But if we are going to have a death penalty the executions should be swift and public. Send the condemned back to the country that convicted him and hang him out in front of the courthouse at noon.

      Make all the kids on probation watch.

    2. While I want the death penalty with public executions, IMO, it needs to be based on iron clad evidence; although I am not knowledgeable enough to determine what that should be. Eye witness evidence is not good enough to me unless it is beyond a visual recognition. A doctor went to prison for murder, even though he had an excellent alibi, because he looked very much like the actual murder. Too many people have been on death row until DNA evidence cleared them. And the payments to those wrongly accused should be enormous. Anyone found innocent should require an investigation as to why it happened. Andrew Weissmann twice violated defendants rights to access to exculpatory evidence and he never lost his law license; instead he was appointed to the Mueller investigation.

  2. Well I thought unfair from the beginning. Some Dem congress critter (or President) gets caught with a nose full of Coke and it is a resume' enhancer. Some poor dude from the 'hood gets caught with a baggie and its 20years...

    1. And 87(?) people in congress paid off women who accused them of sexual misconduct in some form and we, the citizens, paid for the extortion/pay offs. Yet we still do not know who did this. If it was their money, I could accept that and not have it made public: use my money and you should be exposed, period.

    2. Well we know John Conyers, the Dean of the Black Caucus was one of them.

  3. You always want people who have been convicted of crimes to pay their debt to society, but after 20 years, they've probably paid it. Lock up the murderers and rapists and throw away the key, for sure, but let's show a little mercy.

  4. A guy in CA about 40 years ago kidnapped several women and raped them. He was out after 7 years and did exactly the same thing. The officer who caught him told me the rapist had a gun in his belt and was taking a drink out of a stream. He challenged the rapist to reach for his gun but he wouldn't. The officer wanted to kill him, he said, but needed a legal excuse. The same officer had caught him the first time, so I could sympathize with his frustration.

    1. Sad outcome considering that was before body cameras.

  5. This was great orchestration for pulling off a quiet rollback of tough sentencing reforms passed in the 1990s under Clinton

    Willie made a big show about how tough he'd be on crime, yet nobody was a bigger criminal.

    See where the AR Senator was murdered?

  6. This country has a very big problem with dishonest prosecutors, an example of which is the Navy CDR (lawyer) who was just REMOVED in the case of a SEAL who is charged with murder. His egregious misconduct is, I submit, not unusual in this country, where prosecutors are treating criminal illegal aliens differently than American citizens so the illegals won't have a felony conviction and face deportation. Another example is the Mueller report, which is now being outed as full of lies. Our system of justice is in tatters.