We have all seen the headlines, “Fla. Mom gets 20 years for warning shot”. We have all heard some of the stories trying to tie this long sentence to race. What most don’t know is the history behind what happened.
I’m not talking about what happened to Ms. Alexander but the history behind the sentencing. What most fail to realize is that it wasn’t the crime she was found guilty of, it wasn’t her race and it had nothing to do with a warning shot. It has everything to do with a law.
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If you’re wondering why the U.S. has a mas-incarceration issue, here is part of the reason.
It’s strange that we employee experienced judges and then don’t allow them to have discretion on how to implement penalties.