So Trump - aided by whatshername with the unnaturally large derriere - this week actually did a Good Thing by pardoning a woman who had been in prison for over twenty years for a drug offence and had been facing spending the rest of her life there - a rather harsh sentence for a first offence.
I am glad that he did it but I have a cynical feeling about it
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government from imposing cruel and unusual punishments. I'd shudder to think what the US would consider cruel punishment if imprisonment for life is not considered cruel. I suppose torture might come into that category.
Kim Kardashian's mother was given a life sentence in prison for a nonviolent drug-related crime in 1996 and was not eligible for parole. "Johnson gradually became involved in a drug trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee. She says that she never brokered any deals or handled drugs, but was responsible for relaying coded messages over the phone." The rest of the gang used plea bargaining to avoid prison or get reduced sentences.
President Obama actually pardoned quite a few non-violent drug offenders right near the end of his term. To me, it matters not who helped convince him, but I'll actually give Trump a tiny bit of credit for going through with this. I'd love to have seen Obama start with those earlier and released more. Legalizing marijuana here has been quickly gaining support all across the country, with a few states even allowing recreational use. The sticky point here is that it is still a federal crime to possess and use it. It would be nice to see full legalization as well as then releasing those non-violent drug offenders. It's a sad state of affairs that the "land of the free" incarcerates such a high percentage of its citizens.