You’re going to LOVE this one!
So, it seems in Oregon, liberals now believe that laws about possession of hardcore narcotics are…wait for it….RACIST!
That’s right! Because according to these liberals, you can’t have laws that arrest mostly blacks for doing hardcore narcotics! Say WHAT?
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Legislators in Oregon passed a bill Thursday to decriminalize possession of small quantities of hardcore drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. In defending the bill, legislators then claimed that laws forbidding the possession of hardcore narcotics are racist.
“There is empirical evidence that there are certain things that follow race,” Sen. Jackie Winters said during a hearing, according to The Lund Report, a news portal that focuses on Oregon-related health care issues. “We don’t like to look at the disparity in our prison system. It is institutional racism. We can pretend it doesn’t exist, but it does.”
State Rep. Tawna Sanchez added that Native Americans and blacks are significantly more likely to be arrested for drug possession than the average Oregon resident.
So because certain minorities are caught carrying or using hardcore drugs more often than others, it’s racist to ban the possession of hardcore drugs?
If signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, H.B. 2355 would specifically decriminalize possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy “so long as an offender does not have any prior felonies or more than two prior drug convictions,” according to The Lund Report.
Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union vociferously supports this bill.
“Harsh drug sentences have damaged families and ruined lives,” the organization wrote in a statement. “A felony conviction for small-scale drug possession, can prevent people from getting housing, a job or a student loan.The current approach is also unfair. People of color possess drugs at the same rates as everyone else but are more much likely to be arrested.”
A related bill, H.B. 3078, would likewise decriminalize drug-related property crimes by turning them into misdemeanors instead of felonies.
So because certain liberals view possession of hardcore drugs as racist, they are going to DECRIMINALIZATION laws? Seriously!?
This is like putting gun bans on the good guys, to stop the bad guys from having the guns. Total insanity!
The sentencing reform bills add to a multi-year effort for Sen. Winters, who started as early as 2011 to reduce the growth in the prison population. She was especially determined to prevent the construction of a second women’s prison, which would not only drive up the costs of the Department of Corrections, but impose burdens on the foster care system and fuel an intergenerational cycle for children with moms in prison, that reduces their chances of success at life and increases their chances of engaging in delinquent behavior and drug abuse.
Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem, who represents half of Winters’ district, said she’d received threats for backing Winters on the other bill, House Bill 3078, which Huffman also supported. Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, also supported this measure, while Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, opposed.
HB 3078 reduces some mandatory minimum sentences for property crimes and increases the number of prior convictions necessary for a felony offense. Hack addressed her support for the bill, saying it could prevent the construction of a second women’s prison in the state and offer a chance to steer offenders toward a diversion program that will help avoid breaking up families. She said 75 percent of the women at Coffee Creek Correctional Center have children.
The bill tasks the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission with monitoring diversion programs and providing local jurisdictions with $7 million for these programs. It adds pregnant women to the Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot Program.
The money for diversion was critical to reducing opposition from law enforcement and district attorneys, which derailed the efforts that Winters and former Gov. John Kitzhaber made to reform prison sentencing.
Is this really what liberals think will help us win the ‘War on Drugs’?