Most people know that the President has the power to commute the sentences of a wide variety of offenders, and now it looks as though Obama is using his power to commute the sentences of many drug offenders.
CNS News was more blunt. They reported these latest developments are an attempt by Obama to reduce prisoner population. At a meeting at the New York State Bar Association, the state’s Deputy Attorney General, James Cole confirmed that commuting the sentences of low-level drug offenders is what “[Obama] plans to do.”
“A little over a month ago, the President commuted the sentences of eight men and women who were sentenced under severe — and out of date — mandatory minimum sentencing laws” according to Cole.
The President using his power to commute the sentences of drug offenders who were sentenced under what the President deems as “severe” sentencing laws is certainly concerning.
While many would certainly argue that low-level drug offenders are over-crowding the prison system and are burden on tax-payers. Low-level drug offenders are capable of peacefully integrating as productive citizens back in to society.
But, when did Obama become the judge? This is why we have judges and juries. This is why we have lawmakers to update outdated laws. Where is the line drawn? If Obama relieves a small handful of low-level drug offenders of their sentences, I imagine his office will receive a flood of similar requests from other low-level drug offenders.
And wouldn’t it only be fair to let all off who’s circumstances parallel the circumstances of other former inmates who’s sentences were commuted by Obama? Lets hear your take on Obama’s recent commutations of drug offenders. Fill us in on the comments section below.
(h/t: CNS News)