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Webb criticizes sentencing policies

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is quoted in a press release about a poll conducted by an organization that opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) says the poll shows that 59 percent of Americans are opposed to mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses and that 57 percent of respondents say they would vote for a candidate who would eliminate such sentences.

Webb has been a strong critic of the high rate of incarceration in
America.  “This growth is not a response to increasing crime rates, but a reliance on prisons and long mandatory sentences as the common response to crime,” Webb says in the release announcing the poll results. “It is time for
America’s leadership to realize what the public understands – our approach is costly, unfair and impractical.”

By Alan Cooper

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