Reform in the Federal Criminal Justice System

There are 200,148 men and women in the U.S. federal prison system. Over eighty percent of those people are serving sentences for drug-related charges, and non-violent crimes. American citizens are spending billions of tax dollars every year to house federal inmates for much lengthier sentences than necessary for their crimes. Our federal criminal justice system is in need of some serious reform. While addicted to crack at age twenty three, one young lady was convicted three times for selling twenty dollars worth of crack. Three years later she was completely off drugs, getting her life back in order, and pregnant. Money was tight and she and her boyfriend, with a child on the way, had bills to be paid and no money to pay them. They decided to pawn the pistol he owned for thirty dollars. When they got to the pawn shop they realized he didnâ

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