Smart On Crime Is Smart Politics

Nov 16 2012 @ 7:34am

Balko hopes national politicians will pay attention to Colorado, California, and Washington:

The one thing the 2012 results may do at the federal level is begin to convince some politicians that advocating reform is no longer political suicide. "This year’s initiatives in California, Colorado and Washington do indicate a changed public perception about punishment and marijuana in those states," [Julie Stewart, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums,] says. "That should give legislators the freedom, if they choose to exercise it, to ease their tough-on-crime positions and not have to worry about surviving the next election."