Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

LTE: Tough sentencing advocate deluded


Forget the Milton Hilton. Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar has been to see prisons so bad no-one wants to come back. see http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4173001a6427.html

In Arizona prisoners are put up in tents, chained together and made to work outdoors in all weather.

McVicar thinks the idea is "fantastic" and, after visiting the US state to study the regime, thinks it could work in New Zealand.

In Arizona prisoners are put up in tents, chained together and made to work outdoors in all weather.
Letter to the editor: Christchurch Press

Mr McVicar of the Sensible Sentencing Trust has visited the same US industrial estate that is releasing more than 600,000 disaffected folk this year, many of whom have crowded prisons since Nixons War on Drugs filled the penitentiaries to the gunnel's using mandatory minimums.
McVicar's eyes are turning selectively myopic if he thinks the USA has anything to teach us by its world record example of seven million citizens controlled by state and federal criminal justice, sixty percent of whom are non-violent drug related offenders. I fail to see McVicars vision of 'success' in the USA's morality play surrounding drug use evidencing in every prison muster a disturbingly racially potentiated policy failure. Evidence of efficacy of his punitive and retributive corrections is absent from the record. He cites anecdote and political rhetoric. Crucially this distracts us from what needs to be done while taking scarce resources away from what works. Sensible Sentencing is marginalising people and expecting all to be well, making McVicar's ideas part of the problem, and no part of the solution.
Blair Anderson
50 Wainoni Road.
Christchurch.
ph 3894065

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