Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bernard Kerik on Clemency, Etc.

Bernard Kerik
Bernard Kerik speaks with Reason in this video re clemency and sentencing reform. He thinks too many persons are being sent to prison and sentences are far too harsh. In his views, there are plenty of ways to punish with destroying lives and sinking careers. Kerik argues first time non-violent drug offenders should not be put away for 10 or more years for what might amount to three sugar packets worth of drugs. Prisons offer no real chance of education or rehabilitation. Instead, they create institutionalized criminals.

Kerik, adds that the lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach has been held for too long by persons who do not understand the collateral consequences of such policy and economic consequences as well. See full video here.

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