Florida Doubles Down On Stupid Drug War Policy

Florida Doubles Down On Stupid Drug War Policy

The policy of mandatory minimums has long been proven to be grossly ineffective, but that’s not stopping Florida. Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, and Grace Baldridge, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you Florida is doubling down on this disastrous policy. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/go

“Mandatory-minimum drug sentences, which force judges to put drug offenders away for long periods of time, are such a bad idea that even tough-on-crime Republicans have backed away from them. Drug-sentencing reform is no longer the purview of the far-left alone: Even the Koch brothers, who were championing shady political donations before George Soros was a glint in the alt-right's eye, have come out in support of mandatory-minimum reform. Whole documentaries are devoted to the harmfulness of these sentences.

The Florida House of Representatives, however, appears to still be living like it's 1994. Despite all the talk about how destructive the War on Drugs has been to black and brown Americans, the state House yesterday voted unanimously — 118 to zero — for a bill that will ratchet up Florida's drug war, enact new mandatory-minimum sentences for opioid users and dealers, and create new prohibitions against trafficking drugs including fentanyl and synthetic marijuana.”

Read more here: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-house-unanimously-passes-huge-bill-to-ratchet-up-drug-war-hb-477-including-new-mandatory-minimums-for-opioids-9291429

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, Grace Baldridge

Cast: Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, Grace Baldridge


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