End The War On Drugs & Free All Non-Violent Victimless Offenders
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Did you know: The United States currently warehouses 25% of the worlds total prisoner population, while the country as a whole only accounts for roughly 5% of the total world population! An estimated 86% of all federal prison inmates were arrested over a non-violent victimless crime! The NYPD alone has over 600 narcotics officers vs only 22 officers dedicated to investigating sex crimes. If the U.S. government would free just HALF of all non-violent drug-related offenders it would save the taxpayers an estimated $17 BILLION dollars per year, if they ended the Drug War altogether by abolishing the unconsitutional controlled substances act, it would save the tax payers $55 BILLION dollars per year (or more).
Currently under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines there are no pre-existing federal prison alternatives for Zone C and D felonies even if it's a non-violent (no victim) offense and a first time offender (someone without any criminal history). There's plenty of momentum building for abolishing mandatory minimums, but that's just not sufficient to fix all of the disparities and inconsistencies in the laws pertaining to victimless drug crimes. The zones in the federal guidelines are determined mostly by quantity or weight, and these quantities determine the felony level even under conspiracy charges with no actual possession. The war on drugs is a complete and utter failure, we now have over 40 years of data to prove it has the opposite effect and actually is the root CAUSE of the violence surrounding drugs, while posing as the SOLUTION. Prohibition drives the profitability factor surrounding the illegal black market, higher prices = more competition, more competition = more violence. Remove the criminality surrounding substance and restore #FREEDOM and #LIBERTY and drug related violence will decrease significantly, drug abuse will decline to record lows and the taxpayers will be saving a whole lot of money that can be used to better combat violent crime.
An estimated 4 out of 10 murders, 6 out of 10 rapes and 9 out of 10 burglaries are left UNSOLVED! But for some strange reason the nasty drug war continues pursuing non-violent victimless events at a rate far more significant than violent crimes. The empirical evidence concludes the course of action #wethepeople must now take: It's time to abolish the Controlled Substances Act and Federal Analog Act and FREE ALL NON-VIOLENT VICTIMLESS FIRST TIME OFFENDERS! That's the aim of this petition.
Anyone who currently commits a non-violent drug offense, even for the first time, is almost guaranteed a lengthy prison sentence. They have added 3553c (Rule 35) to the sentencing factors which allows judges to consider an individuals character at the time of sentencing but most federal judges still choose to ignore this, even while claiming they want consistency in law. Our prisons are overflowing at the tax payers expense, and they are not rehabilitative whatsoever. Most prisoners come out of prison more of a threat to society than when they were first sentenced, an estimated 67% of prisoners are sentenced for another crime within just two years of their release. It's a burden on the lives of many, and a financial set-back in the amount of approximately $29,000 per non-violent prisoner per year the American people as a whole must endure. Haven't we had enough?
This petition aims to accomplish the following:
1) FREE ALL FIRST TIME NON-VIOLENT VICTIMLESS DRUG OFFENDERS - REGARDLESS OF FELONY LEVEL
2) ABOLISH THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT (CSA), THE FEDERAL ANALOG ACT (FAA) AND DECOMMISSION THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (DEA). <- The TRUE definition of ENDING the drug war.
3) SHIFT FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP TREAT DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION MEDICALLY, NOT CRIMINALLY.
There's a whole lot of GOOD that will come out of this:
- Gives people the opportunity to re-think their actions and make the right decisions moving forward in life. Stops throwing peoples lives away over victimless events.
- Removes the financial burden from the tax payers and puts it on the offenders themselves.
- Rehabilitation for those who are willing and worthy.
- Restores LIBERTY and FREEDOM, two values Americans have always believed in.
- Reduces federal inmate population freeing space for violent criminals.
- Frees up resources for law enforcement to more actively pursue violent (REAL) crimes.
- Restores hope and faith in our justice system.
- Restores the FREE MARKET, eliminating the medical monopoly and monopolies in other industries such as plastics, textiles, etc.
- Reduces drug related deaths (less abuse)
- Reduces drug related violence (less competition)
- Reduces drug related theft (lower costs)
My name is Justin Smith. I am a web developer and marketing consultant who made a poor decision to attempt to order and sell a controlled substance in effort to pay down my student loans. Prior to this I have never done anything to get in trouble, and as of December 16th, 2014, I was sentenced to 151 months in Federal Prison. What I did was wrong, and I admitted my wrongdoing and owned my mistakes. There were 6 co-conspirators who were all harshly sentenced in my case, combined we were sentenced to over 40 years. There are people doing life sentences over non-violent victimless events. Isn't it time to establish more sensible drug policies and stop funding a war against our own families and neighbors? Join us in this fight to regain our freedom and liberty.
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