Due to various case and vacation related reasons, there will be no short wins today.
But, fear not – if you really want to read stuff written by me about federal criminal law, you can read my editorial in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun here about Eric Holder’s proposals to reduce the prison population.
Here’s the punchline:
No one at the Department of Justice wins an award or gets a promotion for deciding to walk away from a case, or advocating for a lower fair sentence instead of a higher one they can brag about in the office. And Mr. Holder’s “reforms” do nothing to change that. If federal prosecutors aren’t throwing people in prison from state court, they’ll find other people to put in prison.
We either need to drastically reform the culture of law enforcement — and reward decisions to walk away as much as decisions to go forward — or we need to drastically reduce the number of people who make a living from other people going to prison.