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Webb Prison Reform - Webb Leads the Charge for Much-Needed Drug Prison Reform By Neil Peirce Washington Post Writers Group April 5 2009 A historic

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Webb Leads the Charge for Much-Needed Drug, Prison Reform By: Neil Peirce, Washington Post Writers Group April 5, 2009 A historic turning point in criminal justice and drug policy in America? The fourth week of March was arguably just that: On the way to Mexico City, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first senior U.S. official to accept co-responsibility for the cartel-driven drug violence now ravaging Mexico. Clinton acknowledged that “our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,“ and that our three-decade-long war on drugs has simply “not worked.“ In New York state, Gov. David Paterson and the Democratic legislative majority announced they’d reached agreement to roll back the punitive “Rockefeller drug laws” of the 1970s, starting with then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s insistence on mandatory minimum prison sentences for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders. But the biggest breakthrough of all may have come in the U.S. Senate, where Virginia’s Jim Webb, a Democrat, joined by two Republican and 13 Democratic colleagues, sponsored legislation for a high-level National Criminal Justice Commission. This could be the official eye-opener, the crucial re-examination of America’s penal and drug policies that the nation has so sorely needed for years. Why?
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Webb Prison Reform - Webb Leads the Charge for Much-Needed Drug Prison Reform By Neil Peirce Washington Post Writers Group April 5 2009 A historic

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