Sunday, November 25, 2018

These are the Violent Criminals Slated for Early Release Under the Jailbreak Bill

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Just a few months ago, President Trump referred to members of MS-13 as “animals” and called for the use of the death penalty to deter drug traffickers. Now, he has personally blessed the Soros-Koch pipe dream of jailbreak, piped into the White House through his own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to reduce sentencing and create early-release credits for the worst drug and firearms traffickers and gangbanger in federal prison, many of whom are leaders in groups like MS-13.
The central lie being used to peddle this “criminal justice” bill is that the leniencies only apply to “low-level, nonviolent,” offenders. Talk to anyone who works in law enforcement and prosecution, and they will laugh in your face at such a scandalous suggestion, because everyone knows that most of those serving time in federal prison for drug trafficking and guns are among the worst offenders in America, often arrested initially for robbery, arson, or murder. Even more disgraceful, the bill’s backers are using the mantle of “criminal justice reform” to promote an agenda that dismantles the original criminal justice reform advocated by Ronald Reagan.
Why hasn’t there been a real legislative debate over this bill? In a legislative debate, you are no longer simply debating press releases and talking points, but actual provisions in the bill. If the bill’s backers truly only mean to give leniencies to low-level offenders, they should have no problems with proposed amendments to raise penalties on the violent offenders and bar them from the leniencies. But this bill was crafted with the opposite intention in mind.
The most important thing to understand about the First Step Act, S.3649, is that rather than narrowly and definitively defining “low-level” and targeting the early-release programs just for those individuals, the bill does the opposite. It grants early-release credits to everyone as a catch-all baseline and then writes into the statute specific exceptions. Thus, any criminal category that is not enumerated among the exceptions will be eligible for early release. The bill is artfully crafted with 11 pages of exceptions, which made it appear that many categories are excepted. But when you understand the nature of who is in federal prison and what they are actually convicted of (as opposed to initially charged with), you see that most of these exceptions are straw men.
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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