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    ‘The biggest sham’: Sheriffs fume at mass release of 6,000 federal inmates

    By Adam Shaw Published November 11, 2015

    Local sheriffs across America are voicing concern for the safety of the citizens they've sworn to protect after the biggest one-time release of federal inmates in U.S. history -- though advocates of criminal justice reform maintain the release is being handled responsibly.

    The 6,112 inmates were released from federal prison at the beginning of November in response to a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses and apply them retroactively. It coincides with a broader and bipartisan push for rethinking federal sentencing.

    But the mass release raises immediate practical questions about how the ex-inmates can adjust.

    “There's no transition here, there's no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people,” Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona's Pinal County told FoxNews.com.

    “On average these criminals have been in federal prison for nine years -- you don’t have to be a sheriff to realize that a felon after nine years in jail isn’t going to be adding value to the community. A third are illegals and felons so they can’t work. What do we think they are going to do?” said Babeu, also a congressional candidate.

    The government is in fact trying to guide the transition for many. The Justice Department says 77 percent of exiting inmates are already in half-way houses or home confinement.

    But local law enforcement officers have deep reservations, as the initiative ramps up quickly.

    The November inmates are the first of approximately 46,000 who may have their cases reviewed. Of those released in the first round, the Department of Justice says 1,764 were to be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation proceedings.

    Sheriffs on the border front-lines were skeptical of the deportation claim.

    “The promise is they’re going to be turned over to ICE and deported. Anyone who thinks there’s any likelihood of them leaving the U.S. … think again,” Babeu said, before saying the president should be held responsible for any crimes committed by those released.

    Other sheriffs also challenged the claim that those being released are not a risk to communities.

    “If [the Obama administration is] not capable of making honest and prudent decisions in securing our borders, how can we trust them to make the right decision on the release of prisoners who may return to a life of crime?” Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, told FoxNews.com.

    'I’d be amazed if the 6,000 ... being released are non-violent.'

    - Sheriff Harold Eavenson
    While the average number of inmates being released to any one state is 80, Texas is slated to receive 597 inmates.

    The inmates in question had been incarcerated on drug offenses, but the severity of the cases ranged broadly. An Associated Press review last month found while many were low-level drug dealers, some had prior convictions for robbery or were involved in moving serious drugs like cocaine and heroin. WGME in Maine also reported that the group includes a former "drug kingpin" previously listed as one of "America's Most Wanted," after his 20-year sentence was reduced.

    “For them to tell me or tell citizens that they’re going to do a good job and these inmates are non-violent, when in many instances drug crimes, drug purchasing, drug trafficking are related to other, violent crimes – I’d be amazed if the 6,000 ... being released are non-violent,” Eavenson said.

    A Justice Department official told reporters at an October briefing that the DOJ was conscious of public safety when granting each inmate early release, adding that every prisoner who applied under these new guidelines underwent a public safety assessment. The DOJ says that the reductions were not automatic, and that as of October, judges denied approximately 26 percent of total petitions.

    Advocates for criminal justice reform disagreed with the sheriffs, saying the Sentencing Commission handled the release very well from a public safety standpoint.

    “I am sure many of the 6,000 prisoners would have loved to be able to leave prison as soon as their amended sentences were complete. But the Commission delayed implementation for a year so that as many inmates as possible could get to halfway houses, complete re-entry programs, and begin job searches before actually being released,” Kevin Ring, director of strategic initiatives at Families Against Mandatory Minimums, told FoxNews.com.

    “Tens of thousands of inmates leave federal and state prisons every week and so there is no reason to be particularly worried about this group. Anyone who says otherwise is appealing to the public’s worst fears,” Ring said.

    However, the executive director of the National Sheriff’s Association, which represents the more than 3,000 sheriffs across the country, says the feeling of unease is widespread and often has to do with the Obama administration’s attitude toward law enforcement.

    “I think it’s a larger feeling of unease related to a lack of a plan as it relates to criminal justice, criminal reform and criminal release and I think that’s what you’re really sensing here,” Jonathan Thompson told FoxNews.com. “There are many sheriffs feeling as though the administration will go through the motions of asking the questions but really not care what the opinion or expert advice of law enforcement is.”

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    And of course out of 6000 criminals more than half are illegal immigrants dangerious criminal

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    Bush & O have have put this country on a path of destruction and lawlessness, have degraded our societal standards, are exposing our vulnerable citizens to hard drugs and dangerous criminals. If an illegal has been in jail for years, deport him immediately - do not release him into our society! Total incompetence.

    Why are our youth addicted to heroin in masses across the USA? Because illegals are here! Now we need to have rehabs everywhere. Studies show it takes 8 yrs to remove the receptors made in the brain from that substance, if they ever leave. Illegals and their hard drugs & those that want them in our country are depraved.
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    BORDER STATE SHERIFFS REACT TO DOJ PLAN TO RELEASE 2,000 CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS



    6,000 inmates will receive early release, 2,000 of which are “foreign citizens” who officials claim “will be quickly deported.” The release is set to occur between October 30th and November 2nd.
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    Top GOP Presidential Contenders Support Mandatory Minimum Reform

    Post Date: July 18, 2014

    According to a new Gallup poll, “four potential Republican presidential candidates stand out above the rest of the possible field.” The standard for “standing out” seems to be that all four are “familiar to more than 60 of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and have net favorable ratings of at least 43-percentage points.”

    The four potential candidates who meet that standard are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.


    Interestingly, all four leading contenders support mandatory minimum reform.


    Governor Huckabee has long been critical of harsh mandatory sentences, especially for nonviolent drug offenders. He’s called three strikes laws “nonsense” that have “created a system that is overrun with people,” adding that “the cost is choking us.” And after the Department of Justice announced new guidelines for prosecuting drug offenders, Huckabee tweeted, “Finally found something I can agree with Eric Holder on—sentencing too many people to prison for nonviolent drug crimes.” (You can also listen to a great conversation between Huckabee and Ted Nugent on the topic here.)


    Texas Governor Rick Perry has been similarly outspoken on the need for criminal justice and sentencing reforms. At a panel earlier this year at CPAC, Governor Perry criticized “harsh minimum sentencing guidelines” and endorsed alternatives to incarceration for drug offenders. He highlighted Texas’ reforms, and added that Texas is “not a soft on crime state, but I hope we get the reputation of being a smart on crime state.” Perry went further, explaining that conservatives should be leading on criminal justice reform: “You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money.”


    Congressman Paul Ryan has also embraced sentencing reform. Earlier this year, Congressman Ryan visited “some of the poorest communities in America, trying to find out what really works in the fight to achieve equal opportunity.” He was asked to “reflect on a previously held ideological view that had changed over the course of his learning tour.” According to Ron Christie, the author of the piece, “Without hesitation, Ryan delved into the need to reform federal sentencing guidelines.” Ryan said:

    I think our sentencing guidelines need to be revisited with an eye towards what actually works to make sure a person can hit their upward potential. Is it better to send someone to a successfully proven drug rehab program so they can knock the habit and get back on their feet again, or is it [better to] put them away for 16 years?

    And then added:

    I think we had a trend in America for a long time on mandatory minimums where we took away discretion from judges. I think there’s an appreciation that that approach has some collateral damage—that that approach is missing in many ways…I think there is a new appreciation that we need to give judges more discretion in these areas.

    Congressman Ryan is currently a co-sponsor of the “Smarter Sentencing Act,” which would significantly reform federal mandatory minimum laws.


    Senator Paul is probably the most outspoken critic of mandatory minimum laws. Not only has Senator Paul sponsored the excellent “Justice Safety Valve Act,” which would restore some judicial discretion to all federal crimes that carry mandatory minimums, he’s called mandatory minimums a “major culprit in our unbalanced and often unjust drug laws.” What’s more, Senator Paul has actually called for eliminating mandatory minimums altogether.


    In some ways, it is fascinating and remarkable to think that all of the top four GOP presidential contenders have publicly called into question mandatory minimums and endorsed reform or repeal of mandatory minimum laws. Of course, in other ways it’s not so remarkable. I’ve long held that the consistent application of basic conservative principles demands repeal of mandatory minimums, and noteworthy conservatives have been sounding those themes for years.

    Conservatives understand that government has certain clearly defined roles. Criminal justice is obviously one such role. At the same time, government needs to be efficient and effective, giving taxpayers the most “bang for their buck.”

    It is incredibly encouraging to see that many leaders of the Republican party have (finally!) recognized that mandatory minimums are a fool’s errand, and are committed to fixing the problems these laws have created.


    (And by the way, are we really still going to pretend there’s a political downside to opposing mandatory minimums?)

    ~Greg Newburn, FAMM Florida Project Director

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