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Re: “Rand Paul: Tom Cotton wrong on criminal justice reform, country is "moving in the other direction"

It is time for true criminal justice reform and these stalling tactics are a mistake for our country. We cannot afford to keep locking up our own people and throwing away the key. I mean that both figuratively and literally. As a nation, it is to our shame that we lock up more of our own people than any other country in the world. And I stress - "our people." Our people are our greatest resource. We should be building our own people up - not keeping them down and locking them up. It is time this attitude changes in our country, starting with the people who run our government. Leaders who think otherwise need to be replaced. Lenny Singleton (shown in the profile pic) is the perfect example of why this change needs to take place. Lenny committed 8 "grab and dash" robberies is a 7 day period while high on alcohol to fund his crack cocaine addiction. He did not have a gun. He did not murder anyone. In fact, no one was even physically injured and not one person filed against him as a victim. He stole a total of less than $550 and these were his first felonies. He wasn't a habitual criminal. He earned a college degree and served in our Navy before he allowed his addiction to destroy his life. The judge, without any explanation to Lenny or the courtroom, sentenced him to more time than repeat violent offenders, rapists, child molesters, and murderers - 2 Life Sentences plus 100 years with no chance of parole. Lenny is scheduled to die in prison. To illustrate his reformed nature, he works every day in a position of authority, lives in the Honor's Dormitory, takes every class for self-improvement offered, has written a book "Love Conquers All" while incarcerated, and during the entire 20 years in has been in prison so far, has not received a single infraction for anything - rare for lifers. American taxpayers will pay well over a million dollars to keep Lenny behind bars for the rest of his life - for stealing less than $550 in crimes where no one was physically injured???? This makes absolutely no sense. Lenny's case is one of the worst examples of sentencing disparity in this country, but by far, it is not the only one. Learn more about Lenny's situation and sign his petition at www.justice4lenny.org.

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Posted by Lenny Singleton on 01/27/2016 at 10:40 AM


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