Thursday, January 7, 2016

Apply Fair Sentencing Act Retroactively

New attorneys are being hired for Obama's "pardon push" -- Instead of pardons, please apply the Fair Sentencing Act retroactively like the United Nations​ recommends. For the U.S. to acknowledge that Blacks were sentenced 100:1 under racist sentencing laws but REFUSE to reverse harsh sentencing retroactively has left tens of thousands of young men and women languishing in America's #prisons for the "sin" of being black people. Pardons selectively release inmates as administrators see fit, whereas applying the Fair Sentencing Act indiscriminately would release prisoners who have served their time and some who have already been incarcerated substantially longer than they should have been. The "Daily News" reports:

"The Justice Department will drastically increase the number of attorneys it has on staff to deal with what is expected to be a massive push by President Obama to grant clemency to federal prisoners before the end of his term. The Office of the Pardon Attorney, which handles the federal government’s clemency cases, posted a job listing for 16 attorney advisors on the Justice Department’s website on Tuesday."

The term "pardon" implies an exception; a gift. It should not be exceptional for people to live free of racism imposed by their governments. It was wrong of Eric Holder to appeal the federal judge's decision to make the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive. Please correct that.

"Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. 
~Frederick Douglass

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