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Mandatory Minimums (1.20)
  • Sam: The American Medical Association says that addiction is a disease.
  • Al Keifer: You're not going to be able to sell that.
  • Sam: Al!
  • Al: You're not going to be able to sell it.
  • Toby: The AMA says it, why does it he have to sell it?
  • Al: Because -
  • Toby: Drug addiction is a disease. It's's... it's a...medical problem. It can be treated. This isn't ideological. It's science.
  • Al: It's science to you.
  • Toby: Science is science to everybody, Al.
Mandatory Minimums (1.20)
  • Sam: Mandatory Minimums are racist.
  • Toby: I understand that.
  • Sam: They're a red herring.
  • Toby: I understand that, too.
  • Sam: It's a way of looking like you're tough on crime, without assuming the burden of being tough on crime.
  • Toby: Everything you've said I understand.
  • Sam: I'm saying -
  • Toby: We do things one thing at a time.
  • Sam: But I'm saying we don't have time to do things one thing at a time.
  • Toby: We're talking about treatment.
  • Sam: I'm talking about treatment and I'm talking about Mandatory Minimums and I'm saying it's a red herring and I'm saying it's racist.
Jeff Sessions Unlikely To Face GOP Opposition In The Senate
Senate Republicans are rallying around their colleague's appointment to Attorney General and even those who have major differences with Sessions say they plan to vote for his confirmation.
By Tarini Parti

Senate Republicans are coalescing around their colleague Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to serve as attorney general — three decades after Session’s past racist comments sunk his nomination to the federal bench under a GOP-controlled Senate.

Sessions’ nomination was announced by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team Friday morning. He needs a simple majority of the Senate to be confirmed. With Republicans’ narrow majority in the Senate, there’s little room for defectors.

So far, even senators who strongly oppose Sessions views on key issues, including immigration and the criminal justice system, plan to vote ‘yes’ on the nomination. Sessions fought hard against the Senate’s bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013 and has opposed bipartisan efforts to reduce mandatory minimum prison sentences.

Something to brighten your day

The 4 who kidnapped and tortured that mentally ill guy are 100% getting at the very least, 6 years in jail. 

Illinois (where the crime took place) has whats called a “Class X Felony” law on the books. What is a Class X felony, you ask?

“A Class X felony is the most serious offense in Illinois and includes aggravated arson, armed robbery, home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. A person found guilty of a Class X felony cannot be sentenced to probation and jail time (of 6-30 years minimum) is mandatory.”

Now, what part of what they did makes it class X? Aggravated Kidnapping. 

Aggravated kidnapping means kidnapping accompanied by some aggravating factor. For example, where a person is kidnapped for ransom or where an injury is caused to the victim kidnapped, it is called aggravated kidnapping.”

So yeah, if the jury does the right thing and finds them guilty, they will be getting 6 years minimum, hopefully a whole lot more. 

There are CIA Blacksites (read, federally supported secret internment facilities), for example, operating in cities across America that are incidentally populated by people that are not white. Right now. Under the current president.

As justified as it may be, the tantrums people are throwing over a Trump win that are framed with race are hysterical at best and disingenuous at worst. Why weren’t you protesting two weeks ago? Maybe that would bring up some seriously inconvenient truths about the current POTUS. Maybe it’s because the Clintons instituted mandatory minimums that disproportionately affect the people you’re using as a soapbox to stand on? Maybe that’s reading too far into it. I doubt many of you can pin a decade on the legislation I’m talking about.

it isn’t a coincidence that the prison industrial complex has swelled so much because of mandatory minimums, that so many incarcerated people are black and latinx, and that felons aren’t allowed to vote you see what i’m saying


Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is a prison for women, located in Wilsonville Oregon. It is the only women’s prison in the state of Oregon, after the closure of the Oregon Women’s Correctional Center in Salem. Due to the passage of Ballot Measure 11 in 1994, otherwise known as the mandatory minimum sentence law, the population of female inmates in Oregon quickly overwhelmed the 200 bed facility at OWCC, leading to the construction of Coffee Creek. The facility houses inmates in minimum, medium, and maximum security, and is designated as the housing unit for female death row inmates. Coffee Creek offers several job training programs including computer programming and Excel, and training programs in recycling plants on campus. The Oregon Department of Corrections also operates the Parenting Inside Out program which offers classes in parenting skills to mothers behind bars.
In December of 2014, six musicians from the Oregon Symphony performed a special concert for the inmates at Coffee Creek. The group performed such favorites as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Santa Baby”, as well as songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas. The concert had a profound impact on all who attended, inmates and orchestra members alike.


In the same way that not abusing a dog doesn’t make you a good person…Abstaining from moral atrocities should be the minimum of what is expected. Veganism should not be seen as some high point of a mountain top, or the end goal to a long “journey”, but as the mandatory MINIMUM that is to be expected of anyone who claims to live a morally consistent life.

Mandatory Minimums (1.20)
  • Donna: You should notice that Josh has on a nice suit.
  • Margaret: That is a nice suit.
  • Josh: Donna.
  • Donna: We'll call it his Joey Lucas suit -
  • Josh: Donna.
  • Donna: - you know, from now on.
  • Margaret: Joey Lucas is coming?
  • Josh: We need a California expert. And this is my regular Tuesday suit.
  • Margaret: You assign your clothes days of the week?

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

1. The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish. The real job creators are the vast middle class and the poor, whose spending induces businesses to create jobs. Which is why raising the minimum wage, extending overtime protection, enlarging the Earned Income Tax Credit, and reducing middle-class taxes are all necessary.

2. The critical choice is between the “free market” or “government.” Baloney. The free market doesn’t exist in nature. It’s created and enforced by government. And all the ongoing decisions about how it’s organized – what gets patent protection and for how long (the human genome?), who can declare bankruptcy (corporations? homeowners? student debtors?), what contracts are fraudulent (insider trading?) or coercive (predatory loans? mandatory arbitration?), and how much market power is excessive (Comcast and Time Warner?) – depend on government.

3. We should worry most about the size of government. Wrong. We should worry about who government is for. When big money from giant corporations and Wall Street inundate our politics, all decisions relating to #1 and #2 above become rigged against average working Americans.

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Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.

If I’m walking down the street with a Black or Latino friend, my friend is way more likely to be stopped by the police, questioned, and even arrested. Even if we’re doing the exact same thing—he or she is more likely to be convicted and sent to jail.

Unless we recognize the racism and abuse of our criminal justice system and tackle the dehumanizing stereotypes that underlie it, our nation – and our economy – will never be as strong as it could be.

Please take a moment to watch the accompanying video, and please share it so others can understand what’s at stake for so many Americans.

Here are the facts:

Today, the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, but has 25 percent of its prisoners, and we spend more than $80 billion each year on prisons.

The major culprit is the so-called War on Drugs. There were fewer than 200,000 Americans behind bars as recently as the mid-70’s. Then, a racially-tinged drug hysteria swept our nation, and we saw a wave of increasingly militant policing that targeted communities of color and poorer neighborhoods.

With “mandatory minimums” and “three strikes out” laws, the number of Americans behind bars soon ballooned to nearly 2.5 million today, despite widespread evidence that locking people up doesn’t make us safer.

Unconscious bias and cultural stereotypes lead to discriminatory enforcement of the laws – from who gets pulled over to where police conduct drug sweeps.

Even though Blacks, whites, and Latinos use drugs at similar rates, people with black and brown skin are more likely to be pulled over, searched, arrested, charged with a crime, convicted, and sent to jails and prisons where they can be subject to some of the worst human rights abuses.

As a result, black people incarcerated at a rate five times that of whites, and Latinos incarcerated at a rate double that of white Americans.

Even if you’ve “served your time,” you never escape the label.

A felony conviction can bar you from getting a student loan, putting a roof over your head, or even from voting. It might even disqualify you from getting a job which can make it impossible for people with felony convictions to pull themselves out of poverty. And many who end up in prison were living in chronic poverty to begin with.

All of this means a lot of potential human talent is going to waste. We’re spending a fortune locking people up who could fuel our economy and build strong communities, in some cases just to increase the profits of private prison corporations.

So what do we do?

First, enact smarter sentencing laws that end mandatory minimums and transform the way we treat people who enter the criminal justice system. Instead of prisons and jails, we need well-paying jobs, and to invest in proven and cost-effective alternatives to incarceration, like job training and mental health and drug treatment programs.

Second, stop the militarized policing and end discriminatory policing practices such as “stop and frisk” and “broken windows” that disproportionately target communities of color.

Third, stop building new jails, start closing some existing ones, and begin to invest in schools, public transit, and housing assistance or local jobs programs. States are spending more and more on prisons, while cutting funding for schools. That’s crazy.

Finally, “ban the box” – the box on job applications that asks whether you have ever been convicted of a felony on a job application. Already, dozens of states cities, and counties have passed bills requiring that employers consider what you can do in the future, not what you might have done in the past.

Instead of locking people up unjustly, and then locking them out of the economy for the rest of their lives, we need to stop wasting human talent and start opening doors of opportunity – to everyone.