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house Bill H.R. 71

Should Federal Prisons Release Non-Violent Inmates?

Argument in favor

Prisons are full of people who aren’t dangerous to anybody. It’s time for this country to let these people out, reform prison policy, and make sure that the incarcerated are actually a danger to the public.

MateoLowe's Opinion
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04/02/2015
Releasing non-violent prisoners as long as they fulfill the requirements sounds like a great step in prison reform and decreasing the amount of people in prisons now.
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Ian's Opinion
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04/02/2015
Putting these people in prison doesn't solve anything. Need to invest in programs that target the root cause and not the crime.
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Burton's Opinion
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04/03/2015
I think that we as a society are too focused on punishment and not rehabilitation. It seems now that as soon as you make a mistake you are forced to live with it for the rest of your life. Whatever happened to second chances? America was founded on people who wanted a second chance, that's why they moved to America. I think it's time we start giving people second chances again.
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Argument opposed

News flash: non violent crimes are still crimes. If you don’t want to go to prison, don’t commit the crime. Letting these people out sends a message to criminals that their crimes will go without adequate punishment.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
This will create a huge incentive for criminals to commit even more crimes.
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Tracie's Opinion
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04/02/2015
A crime is a crime, and there needs to be consequences. Yes we need to target the root of the problem, but until we tackle that we can't just let people get out of their consequences.
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Dayne's Opinion
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04/02/2015
Prescott, AR, my hometown, has an overcrowding problem and just releases all criminals back onto the streets. The town has become drug infested, and overrun by drug trafficking, boot legging, and thugs. Those who commit crimes need punishment, violent or non-violent
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    Releasing non-violent prisoners as long as they fulfill the requirements sounds like a great step in prison reform and decreasing the amount of people in prisons now.
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    This will create a huge incentive for criminals to commit even more crimes.
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    Putting these people in prison doesn't solve anything. Need to invest in programs that target the root cause and not the crime.
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    I think that we as a society are too focused on punishment and not rehabilitation. It seems now that as soon as you make a mistake you are forced to live with it for the rest of your life. Whatever happened to second chances? America was founded on people who wanted a second chance, that's why they moved to America. I think it's time we start giving people second chances again.
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    I'm okay with 45+ year olds who were convicted of "low level drug crimes" being let go early. Prisons are over populated, and in desperate need of reform.
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    Prison reform is a necessary step to full democracy. Right now prisons are for profit, not rehabilitation. Non violent offenders should be released and integrated back into society.
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    All you have to do is read the bullet points to see that this bill is reasonable. It only allows a very specific group of criminals the possibility of a release.
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    This bill doesn't immediately release non-violent offenders, it makes them eligible for parole in half the time as violent offenders. I think that distinction is justified.
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    Our prisons have been filled with nonviolent drug offenders and it is high time our country get it the hell together.
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    For a free nation our prison system not only has turned into a big business, the U.S. Has the largest prison population in the world. Let's get people out and reduced costs of keeping people convicted of non violent victimless crimes
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    A crime is a crime, and there needs to be consequences. Yes we need to target the root of the problem, but until we tackle that we can't just let people get out of their consequences.
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    Prescott, AR, my hometown, has an overcrowding problem and just releases all criminals back onto the streets. The town has become drug infested, and overrun by drug trafficking, boot legging, and thugs. Those who commit crimes need punishment, violent or non-violent
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    White collar crime may be non violent, but it is not victimless. As it is, most non violent federal crimes have sentences that are too short.
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    The prison system is broken. These people are not dangerous. Let them out and let's start fixing this thing.
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    This is offered as a solution to declutter prisons. This is not the way to do that.
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    A huge portion of the American prison population consists of nonviolent drug offenders. Thanks to the War on Drugs, the US houses 5% of the world's population, but incarcerates 25% of the world's inmates. Land of the Free, indeed. We need to treat drug addiction like the health crisis it is rather than the criminal issue that the government wants it to be. Legalize harmless drugs such as marijuana, and sentence drug addicts to rehab rather than prison. The whole point of prison should be rehabilitation, not punishment.
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    Costs too much keeping them imprisoned.
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    Seems pretty simple to me. I'd add a component that would require those who are released to have training/certification so they could be employable in a reasonable amount of time after release
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    When will congressional liberals decide to penalize lawbreakers (including themselves) instead of noncriminals? Why must we noncriminals be increasingly endangered by criminals because liberals pity them and release them in our midst?
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    Absolutely agree the tax dollars are paying to house and able body individual that is no violent threat to anyone fine them give the probation and let them fuel the economy
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