Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Support FAMM - Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory minimum sentencing for drugs was devised in the '70s (in New York) and '80s (Federally) by misguided proponents of the war on drugs, who thought they could eradicate drugs by getting "tough."

The drug war has ruined peoples' lives more than drugs ever could, by throwing them in jail for years and years - at your expense. FAMM has several stories about people whose lives have been ruined. Mandatory minimum sentences can send first-time, non-violent offenders to jail for years.

It's time to get rid of mandatory minimums (and for that matter, drug prohibition). I saw a presentation by the Florida office of FAMM (they only have two state offices - Fla. and Mass.) and I have never heard such heart-wrenching stories.