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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Shedding Light on Day: "Unreported Crimes" Code for "Cannabis Offences"

There is a perfectly logical - if disgraceful - reason why Canadian Treasury President Stockwell Day (a Conservative MP) yesterday cited "unreported crimes" as the reason for spending $9B on the building of more prisons.  I submit that, with the phrase "unreported crimes", Day is implicitly referring to cannabis offenses and other consensual drug-related offenses for which minimum prison sentences will be imposed if Bill S-10 becomes law.  The Conservative government's announcement today that it has expanded the range of things constituting "serious crimes" provides additional evidence to that effect

The media yesterday having asked Day to justify that kind of spending while the federal government is claiming to be tackling the deficit, one might have expected Day simply to answer that the prisons were to cope with the effects of the government's Truth in Sentencing Act. Parliamentary Budget officer Kevin Page has already estimated that the cost of implementing that Act alone will be in that range, and the Act passed into law months ago. Yet, with his expression of the government's concern over "unreported crimes" Day implicitly foreshadowed an additional source of pressure on prison resources. 

Most reasonable people no doubt share Liberal MP Mark Holland's view that "unreported crimes" cannot be the reason for building prisons, because unreported crimes are crimes for which nobody is charged or imprisoned. However, that assumption overlooks a few things.

The number one reason for not reporting a crime is the belief that the crime in question is not one meriting police involvement or criminal penalties. Millions of Canadians actively cultivate, sell, and possess cannabis despite the threat of fines and imprisonment. Polls in recent years repeatedly indicate that the majority of Canadians want cannabis legalized even for recreational use. And as any fairly social adult will probably have witnessed, police are rarely called to arrest someone who is cultivating, selling, or possessing cannabis. There is, in point of fact, mass civil disobedience, and a benevolent conspiracy of silence, with respect to cannabis offences in Canada. For this reason, cannabis offenses are arguably one of the most frequently occurring - if not the most frequently occurring - "unreported crimes" in Canada.

Day is not necessarily making the absurd suggestion that those whose crimes are not reported will be imprisoned. He is saying that those who are charged with committing a cannabis offence - a widely "unreported crime" - will soon be sent to prison in much greater numbers. The actual purpose of the government's prison expansion plans is to accommodate the anticipated impact of the Conservative government's "National Anti-drug Strategy", when one of its key components - Bill S-10 - passes into law.

As one source painfully acquainted with the effect of the Harper government's Americanesque drug war agenda explains, the number of sexual assaults, homocides, and other violent offences is fairly constant, year after year, as is the number of people convicted of such offenses. Indeed, as the population ages, the number of such crimes will decrease. Even if incarceration durations for such crimes were doubled, that would hardly put a dent in the prison population. Billions of dollars in additional prison funding is not needed for those sorts of offences, but billions in additional funding will be needed to build prisons for the anticipated thousands of non-violent cannabis (and, to a lesser extent, other drug) offenders who Bill S-10 will soon subject to mandatory imprisonment.

To understand what is at stake politically for the Conservatives, a bit of history must be kept in mind. In late 2006, the Harper government attempted to fulfill an election pledge to repeal the recognition of gay marriages. A late 2006 motion to revisit the issue of gay marriage failed, leaving unsatisfied social Conservative yearnings for a war against Canada's changing culture. However, gay marriage was only one of two major cultural changes in Canada that steamed social conservatives in recent years. The other was Canada's changing laws on cannabis.

A 2000 decision in Ontario's Court of Appeal made cannabis a legal medicine (it remains so to this day, though federal and provincial governments have failed to provide adequate safeguards for physicians - who face concerns of losing their licenses to practice should they prescribe cannabis - and to ensure that patients have the cannabis they are prescribed). In 2002, a Senate report recommended that recreational cannabis be legalized, and a House of Commons report released shortly thereafter recommended that imprisonment be replaced with a system of stiffer fines (a recommendation known as "decriminalization"). The Canadian Alliance, then led by Stephen Harper, condemned those proposals on the ground that they would further inflame Canada-US relations at a time when Canada's Liberal government had refused Canadian involvement in America's war against Iraq (Harper's Alliance opposition had indicated that it wanted Canada to join in the war against Iraq). Elections in 2004 and 2006 scuttled the Liberal government's decriminalization plans, and Harper's Conservatives formed a government with the smallest minority in Canada's history.

By October of 2007, the legalization of cannabis was supported by 51% of Canadians (a number that crept up to 53% a year later). However, the Conservative government having let down its social conservative base with respect to gay marriage, it announced it would be launching a "National Anti-drug Strategy".

Conservative MP Tony Clement (the same Tony Clement who is now trying not to smirk as he passes himself off as a libertarian defending long-form census takers from the abuse of government coercion) at that time was Canada's Health Minister. On September 29, 2007, the Canadian Press quoted Clement thusly:

"In the next few days, we're going to be back in the business of an anti-drug strategy," Clement told The Canadian Press. "In that sense, the party's over."

Clement, together with none other than Stockwell Day (who was then Public Safety Minister), attended Prime Minister Harper's October 4, 2007 press conference, wherein his $63M anti-drug strategy was announced. Given that the anti-drug strategy was a significant bone thrown to the Conservative party's religious, social conservative constituency, rather than to the relatively secular majority of Canadians, it should not surprise the reader that the press conference was held at a Salvation Army headquarters (in Winnipeg).

Of the funding there announced, two thirds was to be directed at the social aspect of drugs, including a counter-cultural campaign. Harper explained:

What we are up against, in trying to resolve this problem - what the police are up against, what the people who deal in treatment and prevention are up against - is a culture that, since the 1960s has, at the minimum not encouraged drug use and often romanticized it; romanticized it, or made it cool; made it acceptable. And look, as a father, I don't say all these things blamelessly. My son is listening to my Beatles records and asking me what all these lyrics mean. And, you know, it's just there, it's just out there, I love these records, I'm not putting them away. But, that said, the reality is that there has been a culture that has not fought drug use! And that's what we're all up against! No easy solutions to that but we have seen, in the case of tobacco, a shift in the culture, in a way that has rendered tobacco use less and less socially or culturally acceptable. I think we need to do the same thing - I think we need to do it much more quickly and much more critically - in the area of narcotics.

(Almost two years to the day later - with pot culture icon Marc Emery imprisoned in British Columbia for his romanticizing of cannabis culture - Harper would attend a widely-reported arts gala to play piano and sing the pot-inspired Beatle's tune "I get high, with a little help from my friends".  Oh, the sickening hypocrisy.)

On November 20, 2007, the Harper government introduced Bill C-26. Titled An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, the Bill proposed doubling the maximum term of imprisonment for cannabis-related crimes: from 7 years, to 14 years. It also proposed a minimum sentence of 6 months imprisonment for the cultivation of 1 to 200 cannabis plants where the purpose of growing the cannabis was to sell it. Higher mandatory minimums were proposed for greater numbers of plants, or for other aggravating factors. The bill passed second reading on April 18, 2008, but the dissolution of Parliament for the 2008 election killed the bill. Bill C-26 was re-introduced as bill C-15 and passed third reading on June 8, 2009. It was then sent to the Senate.

In late 2009, Liberal Senators outnumbered Conservatives in the upper chamber. On December 3, 2009, the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs adopted a motion by Liberal appointee Senator Serge Joyal wherein the 6-month minimum sentence for growing 5 to 200 cannabis plants (in the absence of aggravating factors) would be removed. Later that day, an infuriated Justice Minister Rob Nicholson appeared on CBC's "Power and Politics" program, and exclaimed:

They've taken the mandatory penalty out, and so we're very unhappy with this...we take this very seriously, and we believe that people should have a mandatory jail time for people who are in the business, in the grow-op business.

Liberal members in the House of Commons having supported Bill C-15, Nicholson accused the Liberal Party of using Liberal Senators do their "dirty work" for them. Show host Evan Solomon asked the Minister a question akin to that put to Stockwell Day just yesterday:

What about the notion that this is going to be very costly. I mean, the government said on one hand 'we don't want to have a huge deficit, we want to control spending costs'. On the other hand, building more prisons and taking more people in is an expensive cost. How do you mitigate that?

Nicholson's answer:

I can tell you that we wanna get the message out to people under the National Anti-Drug Strategy. Many people will be seeing advertisements running right now across this country, discouraging people, educating them about the problems of taking drugs in this country. We want to help individuals to get them off of drugs in this country and not to experiment with them.

In other words: imposing mandatory minimums will cause people to stop breaking the law, so fewer people will get imprisoned and the costs of prisons and incarceration will thereby be mitigated. With so many millions of Canadians growing, selling, and possessing marijuana despite its criminality, we are supposed to believe that what is perhaps the most "unreported crime" of all in Canada - cannabis "crime" - will suddenly tail off so much as to offset the effect of mandatory sentences of imprisonment imposed upon people who normally would not be sentenced to any jail time. The Minister's credulity on this issue is almost unbelievable.

The amended Bill C-15 passed third reading in the Senate on December 14, 2009. It then awaited the final step in making a bill a law: royal assent. Section 2 of the Royal Assent Act, 2002 provides:

2. Royal assent to a bill passed by the Houses of Parliament may be signified, during the session in which both Houses pass the bill,

(a) in Parliament assembled; or

(b) by written declaration.

The key words in that section are "during the session". The effect of "prorogation" - wherein the Prime Minister advises the Governor General to end a Parliamentary session - is that all bills that have not received royal assent before prorogation die. On December 30th, 2009, just 16 days following third reading of bill C-15 in the Senate, Parliament was prorogued, killing the bill before it received Royal Assent.

Was the prorogation motivated, at least in part, by government's desire to have C-15 passed into law without the Senate's amendments? In other words: just how much priority is the Harper government placing upon its war on Canada's cannabis culture? Consider three things.

First, it should be noted that the Senate had debated C-15 far more than any other bill in the Senate: 62 hours, 3 minutes. At the time of prorogation, only 2 other bills had passed the stage of third reading in the Senate: C-6 (regulating dangerous consumer products) had been debated for 37 hours, 42 minutes; and Bill S-8 (which implemented a tax-evasion treaty with South American countries) had been debated for 1 hour, 49 minutes.

Second, soon after proroguing Parliament, Stephen Harper appointed five more Conservative Senators. This was enough to give Bill C-15 a good chance of passing third reading in the Senate without amendments.

Third, before the new session of Parliament began, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson was asked whether any of his crime bills would be re-introduced. He was not certain about any except one: Bill C-15, he said, was certain to be re-introduced. Indeed, Bill C-15 has since been re-introduced in the Senate as Bill S-10, in its unamended form. Having already been debated on three days, Bill S-10 has yet to pass second reading in the Senate. With a greater number of Conservatives serving in the upper chamber, it now seems much more likely that mandatory minimum sentences for the tiny fraction of cannabis-using Canadians caught committing what are usually "unreported offenses" will soon be a reality.

Now, quite apart from the issue of prorogation, Nicholson today announced that the government had, on July 13, 2010, passed a new regulation that makes 11 less-serious offences "serious offences".  Among them: "trafficking in any substance included in Schedule II in an amount that does not exceed the amount set out for that substance in Schedule VII (subsection 5(4))".  Cannabis and hashish are the two Schedule II substances referred to.  The new regulation makes trafficking in less than 3kg of either of those substances a "serious offense".  The Canada Gazette summary for the regulation explains:

Expanding the availability of the criminal organization provisions creates the possibility that individuals may be subjected to longer periods of incarceration because it makes the use of the criminal organization offences possible. (emphasis added)

In addition to imposing longer periods of incarceration, the change essentially eliminates some of the pesky procedural hoops - also known as "due process in a free and democratic society" - through which police have to jump in order to arrest people for cannabis offenses.  Clearly, cannabis, and the Conservatives' war on Canadian culture, continues to be top-of-mind for the Conservative government.

I submit that the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that Harper's anti-cannabis culture war is actually the centrepiece of his entire government agenda for that large percentage of Conservative supporters who see cannabis users - and homosexuals - as plagues on Canadian culture.  The money be damned: this back-bone of the Conservative Party sees Canada's popular embrace of legalization as a threat to the 1950's style, clean-livin' Canada of its spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child youth.  The so-cons see cannabis cultivators, sellers, and possessors as snakes from whom Godly government must deliver them.  If they cannot persuade Canadians to embrace their prohibitionist views, they will continue to demand of the Conservative Party that it lock-up cannabis-tolerant "liberals", and leave them to rot.

I suspect strongly, and angrily, that we are going to need those prisons. However, I am reasonably sure that the majority of Canadians - given an alternative to seeing their children criminalized, marginalized, imprisoned, and otherwise having their lives destroyed so that religious conservatives will keep voting Conservative - would prefer an intervening election.

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UPDATE: Well, well, well.  Will the "coincidences" never cease?  It was reported on Facebook that, at about 5:25 PM today (approximately 2 hours after the above blog was posted to my own site, http://blog.paulmckeever.ca), police again raided Toronto's C.A.L.M. cannabis compassion club.  Imagine that: an evening news program in which there will be "proof" that the Harper government "needed" to make the regulatory changes announced earlier today.  Makes me wonder if I should charge for soothsaying.

Posted by Paul McKeever on August 5, 2010 in Marijuana reform | Permalink

Comments

One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and evil prohibition.

Rooting out the number-one cash crop in the land burns tax dollars instead of booking them. Arresting Americans for gardening empowers outlaws to take over Mexico. Political prisoner Marc Emery delivered on Madame Secretary Clinton’s promise. He reduced U. S. demand for Mexican pot, by selling seed to American farmers. The DEA says they don’t need no stinking amendment.

Nixon passed the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use.

The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. All non-placebo sacraments remain prohibited to everybody else. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment should protect all God’s children, including use of entheogen sacraments to mediate communion.

Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the God-given rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

Posted by: Bill Harris | 2010-08-05 4:31:09 AM


MORE LAW AND ORDER IS STILL NEEDED...

I am absolutely no fan of Stockwell Day MP especially even due to his own past clear inactions to deal with important Police issues the last decades of my dealing with him but the reality is that Stockwell Day MP is right here that crime is seriously unreported cause police do nothing about it too often.. I repoted a major pot smoker distributor and he is still active, but don't try to distort the truth, lie to me with statistics and surveys, false bashing of the Conservatives here now too, for I too do have real experiences sitting in police stations, dealing with the RCMP and the too often lazy, pretentious, no good police tends to find false reasons not to work, not to investigate, not to handle the citizens rightful requests, complaints. The news media clearly itself shows us often how the police fail to do their duties, are inadequate.. Much more crooks should be in jail now still as a serious warning, example to all others. But the police and some of the politicians too now instead undeniably like to harass, investigate the whistle blowers, complainers like me instead ehhh..

The adequate Treatment for Canada's failing health system firstly also is the criminal prosecution and jail for the bad doctors, bad nurses for failing to help the sick people adequately is having enforced, Real management, supervision of doctors, nurses, medical and hospital workers.

I RIGHTFULLY TOO AM NO CANADIAN FAN OR A SUPPORTER OF ANY OF THE BAD GUYS ANYWHERE IN CANADA STARTING IN CHURCHES, GOVERNMENTS, INSTITUTIONS, SERVICES, CORPORATIONS AS WELL.. EXEMPLARY PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY, OPENNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY IS WHAT MOST CANADIAN CITIZENS DEMAND RIGHTFULLY OF ALL OF CANADA’S GOVERNMENTS, FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, MUNICIPAL ONES, AS WELL INCLUDING FROM ALL OF THE CIVIL AND PUBLIC SERVANTS, ALL PROFESSIONALS NOW TOO. AND EXEMPLARY JUSTICE ALWAYS STARTS AT THE TOP NOW TOO.. AND WHERE IS IT NOW? iT SEEMS OUR JUSTICE MINISTERS ARE EVEN LIARS, PRETENDERS..

We all in Canada do pay millions and millions, billions of dollars in taxes to our federal, provincial, municipal pretentious governments where too many civil and public servants, politicians in Canada undeniably seem too ready to abuse them, to cheat, lie, steal , pass the buck and to not help us the citizens rather. I do often write. send thousands of letters on justifiable, valid causes to them and I have often not seen one decent reply, acknowledgment, never mind any good actions on them as well from these still mostly pretenders, liars who tell more and more lies. They do the same thing mostly to all other Canadians now as well and none of that is acceptable still too.

Bell was and is a king in misleading others. When Bell advertise something is free, it is not free forever, or when Bell advertise a very low price, it is generally always too good to be true, for what Bell gives with one hand it soon takes away with the other hand.. Bell’s fixed contracts are a one way deal, fixed for Bell’s purposes only. Readily and often changed to suit Bell’s purposes mostly and changed without the customer’s prior approval now too. It is what Bell does not tell you that also now counts and can be really negative upon you and your Bell services.. Their support services are undeniably too often really bad when you need them.

Their accountability, openness, transparency are more Stephen Harper’s conservative government lies that need to be prosecuted as well.. Under the new Conservatives the civil an public servants are not being managed any better and they still too often waste, abuse our tax dollars and this is unacceptable. Mostly Pretentious and useless RCMP, Consumer Protection, Health Canada, and Revenue Canada need to really shape up still now too.

Research shows up to 75% of suspended drivers continue to drive despite the disqualification. An off-duty RCMP officer was arrested for allegedly breaking into a River Heights home while intoxicated will likley get off easy. Most Police personnel caught drunk driving are falsely are not charged as well. “ Questions are being raised about why an RCMP sergeant in Saskatchewan who rolled his vehicle after having at least five alcoholic drinks was not charged with impaired driving. So, if the government wants to crack down on drinking and driving, it should target all of the problem drivers. It’s not just about age, it’s about impaired drivers, cops included now too. Many cops still drive home drunk from the police taverns after work

In the case of police, it is in everyone’s best interest that there is full, effective, independent, transparent and objective oversight. It goes without saying that an absence of effective oversight will inevitably result in the erosion of the community’s confidence in the police.”

Posted by: THENONCONFORMER | 2010-08-05 5:01:57 AM


I meet many pot smokers in their twenties amd they cannot, cannot work next effectively.. and what should be done in a day they will try to take a month to do it.. they are screwed up undeniably!

Posted by: THENONCONFORMER | 2010-08-05 5:07:46 AM


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it send chills up and down your spine, when you are forced to move daily between freedom and captivity while walking a delicate line between administrative politics and the threat of inmate violence.
The lockup system in these new high-tech all solitary confinement prisons, have turned most convicts into psychopathic monsters, acting like prehistoric man existing all over again…

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Gang wars are taking over our society like butter melting over a hot stove. Approximately eighty-percent of thugs and gangsters control prison compounds and are career criminals, which come from the ghettos of our society.
Eventually, the old gang members from the streets will be incarcerated for new crimes, and meet up with old gang members already imprisoned. Together they will bond once again, to continue dealing in contraband and committing more crimes in prisons.
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In today’s society we have too many repeat-felons being released from prisons without being fully disciplined or rehabilitated. That is why repeat felons along with illegal-immigrants are committing most of the crimes in the United States.
Lawmakers for years cannot locate approximately twelve-million illegal immigrants crossing the borders into this country. The new programs they are offering is to trick illegal immigrant out of hiding, by providing full amnesty, and give them entry permit into this country, along with healthcare benefits, at taxpayers’ expense. This is not going to help reduce the deficit and crime rates in this country.
Federal Lawmakers recognize that prison spending is out of control. They keep pressuring the local government and prison officials, to set up a program that will reduce prison overcrowding and release thousands of criminals that have not completed their sentences or been fully reformed.
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But why are lawmakers demanding that 55-thousand criminals from the California Correctional Facilities, be released within 3-years. When most of them are career criminals and will return back to prisons committing the same crimes?
Taxpayers’ will be paying over $5,000 dollars a years to keep one-criminal on parole. Not to mention, the cost of law-enforcement officers putting their lives on the line again, chasing down the same felon(s) to be put back through our Judicial System at taxpayers’ expense.
The present California Governor is now trying to make lawmakers reconsider their options of releasing prisoners because of the recidivism rate, which is more then seventy-nine percent returning in one to three-years.
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Prison Officials; know that repeat felons get more violent and evil-minded because they are surrounded, daily, by the same type of criminals they have become.
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In Mexico, the crime rates are high, and that breeds a lot of corruption in their society, including law-enforcement officials. They now have the highest kidnapping rate in the world. When these Mexicans and millions of other illegal immigrants keep pouring over the boarders into our county, crime rates keep increasing. Phoenix Arizona now has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world.
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Prison spending is out of control. And the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
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By Author - John J. Pecchio


This article will inform the mind and startle the soul. You will read how crime and punishment in this country is out of control.
My books “Hell Behind Prison Walls” and “The Devil’s Den of Prison and Justice” are true compelling and gripping stories taken from my personal thoughts and experiences of working in a prison system for almost three-decades.
My Website www.johnpecchio.com is a good informational tool on prisons and justice. You can click on my miscellaneous icon that will take you into my books, newspaper articles and guestbook entries on what people say about my regional best-selling books, and our justice system.
Do not overlook the audio video commercial to the rights of my Website that will show the type of criminals I worked with and how they act and look in today’s prisons…
If you are interested in scheduling this author for a Book Signings, Personal Interviews and Prison Presentations, my e-mail address and phone numbers is also, available on my Website. www.johnpecchio.com
When prisons were in command prisoners could look forward to being productive in life.
But after several decades of prison bureaucrats experimenting with new reform methods they ended up taking a well run prison system and turned it into a Nightmare of Hell and a Playground for Criminal’s Rights.
There is no prison reform methods left that will cure the lack of administrative and prisoner discipline, or stop how prisons have become so contaminated with flaws, imbedded with unthinking unknowing or corrupted officials and political bureaucrats?
it send chills up and down your spine, when you are forced to move daily between freedom and captivity while walking a delicate line between administrative politics and the threat of inmate violence.
The lockup system in these new high-tech all solitary confinement prisons, have turned most convicts into psychopathic monsters, acting like prehistoric man existing all over again…

My prison career was coming to an end and I was looking forward to my retirement when what I always expected would happen did happen. One morning in my shop, without security present, I was brutally attacked by a serial killer serving two life terms for several senseless killings. He showed no remorse in society nor did he in prison. He should have received the death penalty, but lawmakers and prison officials choose to protect this criminal’s rights at taxpayers’ expense…
Gang wars are taking over our society like butter melting over a hot stove. Approximately eighty-percent of thugs and gangsters control prison compounds and are career criminals, which come from the ghettos of our society.
Eventually, the old gang members from the streets will be incarcerated for new crimes, and meet up with old gang members already imprisoned. Together they will bond once again, to continue dealing in contraband and committing more crimes in prisons.
Taxpayers are living in hard times to support their families and keep their jobs. But this merry-go-round of political justice to protect criminal’s rights while they keep violated the rights of other is un-constitutional…
In today’s society we have too many repeat-felons being released from prisons without being fully disciplined or rehabilitated. That is why repeat felons along with illegal-immigrants are committing most of the crimes in the United States.
Lawmakers for years cannot locate approximately twelve-million illegal immigrants crossing the borders into this country. The new programs they are offering is to trick illegal immigrant out of hiding, by providing full amnesty, and give them entry permit into this country, along with healthcare benefits, at taxpayers’ expense. This is not going to help reduce the deficit and crime rates in this country.
Federal Lawmakers recognize that prison spending is out of control. They keep pressuring the local government and prison officials, to set up a program that will reduce prison overcrowding and release thousands of criminals that have not completed their sentences or been fully reformed.
For example, in California they have approximately 33-prisons that are filled with about 153-thousand criminals, and most of them are murderers, rapist, pedophiles, and drug-pushers and mentally unstable inmates living off the taxpayers.
But why are lawmakers demanding that 55-thousand criminals from the California Correctional Facilities, be released within 3-years. When most of them are career criminals and will return back to prisons committing the same crimes?
Taxpayers’ will be paying over $5,000 dollars a years to keep one-criminal on parole. Not to mention, the cost of law-enforcement officers putting their lives on the line again, chasing down the same felon(s) to be put back through our Judicial System at taxpayers’ expense.
The present California Governor is now trying to make lawmakers reconsider their options of releasing prisoners because of the recidivism rate, which is more then seventy-nine percent returning in one to three-years.
The three major problems that criminals have when incarcerated is to get revenge, continue dealing in contraband and demoralize and attack correctional officers because they remind them of the police officers on the streets.
Prison Officials; know that repeat felons get more violent and evil-minded because they are surrounded, daily, by the same type of criminals they have become.
You cannot reform criminals without re-socializing them first. And that’s why rehabilitation and prison reform have become just words to keep the taxpayer’s money flowing into these institutions.
In Mexico, the crime rates are high, and that breeds a lot of corruption in their society, including law-enforcement officials. They now have the highest kidnapping rate in the world. When these Mexicans and millions of other illegal immigrants keep pouring over the boarders into our county, crime rates keep increasing. Phoenix Arizona now has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world.
The federal panel of lawmakers within our government has created a stimulus package to help the American taxpayers that are out of work and many have to foreclose on their homes.
The sad situation within our government, is how they are taking chances with taxpayers’ money to create stimulus packages, while supporting the highest deficit in the history of this country?
How can our children and grandchildren that will be paying for all this, and continue to pay for government experiments and their political adventures without jobs?
Prison spending is out of control. And the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
When I hear how local governors, of each state, keeps on playing politics with the federal government in hopes they can reduce prison spending by reducing prison population, closing prisons, and reducing prison staff. This type of thinking is hypercritical and appalling to the security of prisons and society.
Hello out there my fellow American, don’t walk to the employment office run, before some lawmakers pass a new law to allow illegal immigrants to collect unemployment…
Prison officials cannot afford or keep releasing dangerous prisoners frivolously. Our criminal justice system was developed by lawmakers to pass laws to put these criminals behind bars and keep society safe.
You can now read how federal and state prisons have deteriorated to their worst condition in the history of these institutions. They have changed from being run with dignity and strong security into a hellish nightmare where corruption is the norm.
With the loss of positive leadership in our prisons came the increase of prisoner’s power, primarily caused by their ability to hide behind highly-defended “Civil Rights”, which has now taken precedence above all else. These rights allowed them to live without fear of strong retribution for their actions, thereby leading to a breakdown in inmate behavior and resulting in riots, fights, and physical and verbal abuse of prison workers.

Sincerely

John J. Pecchio, Author

Posted by: John J. Pecchio | 2010-08-05 5:28:36 AM


Submit all you like, Paul (I could tell it was you even before I read the byline by the staggering size of the post). But Statscan apparently only records (via census) a limited number of different unreported crimes (as few as 8). Those numbers are definitely going up; over two-fifths of crimes are now unreported. That is largely because property crime is now virtually ignored.

Moreover, simple possession will not mean any more prison sentences than currently under the new law. What will (hopefully) change is that organized criminals and their stooges will start getting custodial sentences. And by the way, over half of American inmates are in prison for violent offences. The number in for possession of drugs is practically zero. And that's in America.

Dude, seriously. You are not getting paid by the word, or for that matter, the lie.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 6:29:50 AM


Don't try the religious back door, Bill. It doesn't hold any more water than the "medicinal" back door, even if it will probably bamboozle a few dopey judges for a while. Most people are intelligent enough to recognize a flag of convenience when they see it.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 6:36:03 AM


because cops are as lazy as sloths, these new jails will be filled with the lowest-hanging fruit, meaning pot smokers, small time dealers, and low-end home growers.

the rich gang growers will still be two cellphones away from any danger.

this is a deliberate attempt to impose a US-style, for-profit prison industry onto Canadians.

Posted by: Russell Barth | 2010-08-05 6:36:10 AM


Nice try, Russell. The lowest-hanging fruit may be easiest to reach, but it's also the most numerous and requires less manpower to catch. For every big fish there are countless little fish. Therefore getting more little fish than big ones is a statistical reality, provided you enforce the law equally.

Make no mistake, the cops love it when they nail a really big bastard. That's a satisfaction you have to experience to fully understand. Statistically, though, it just doesn't happen that often. And the fact that there are big fish out there doesn't mean that they should play catch-and-release with the little ones, who are, after all, most directly involved with the actual street-level dealing. Since pot is not addictive, you can't argue that they're just poor kids who got hooked and now need to support a habit.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 7:22:18 AM


The reason pot is unreported crime is because there is no victim, its simple. Police can spend years and thousands of dollars chasing growers but nobody will come forward and say i purchased from this person and im a victim.
Police get a lot of there tips from growers competition .

Posted by: don b | 2010-08-05 10:08:52 AM


" this is a deliberate attempt to impose a US-style, for-profit prison industry onto Canadians.".......doth say the Russell Barth

of course it would be " deliberate "
it won't happen _accidentally
somebody has to plan these things

a profit making prison is better than one that loses money..even you would have to agree
Mr Barth, not as a taxpayer but as a recipient of taxpayers programs

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-05 11:12:47 AM


Police get a lot of there tips from growers competition .

And many more from people who can't stand the stink or the sight of stoned kids hanging around near their schoolyards or playgrounds.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 11:28:35 AM


Puff puff

Hi Shane

Puff Puff

Could you please mow your lawn I can't stand the sight of your tall grass, and the colour of your house is an abomination to our eyes as well.

Puff puff

(your neighbour)

Posted by: Paul Schroeder | 2010-08-05 12:11:03 PM


First, @ nonconformer: Hundreds and hundreds of Americans use marijuana on a weekly or daily basis, and manage to keep a full-time job, care well for their children, and score high on intelligence tests. Your post isnt even grammatically correct, so where do you think that puts you, in relation to smokers? If you did ANY research, you would find that cannabis is actually being shown to CAUSE new brain cells to form, stop cancer growth, etc.
Now, @ shane: about 47% of america's prisoners are NON VIOLENT posession charges, more than any other country. You really shouldn't argue on these places if you cant even do the research to back up your opinions. People like you are why the fear of a harmless plant is continued.
Even if you don't care about the religious rights of others, and even if you are going to argue with the doctors and scientists that are finding 100s of benefits, alcohol causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year, and costs taxpayers countless dollars. Now, don't just say, huh-uh, my teacher said blah, blah, blah.
GO DO YOUR RESEARCH, WITH AN OPEN MIND!!!

Posted by: amber | 2010-08-05 1:20:46 PM


It's summer, Paul; the grass isn't growing. It's all we can do to keep it semi-green. And my house is white; what colour would you prefer?

P.S. What are the names of the people who live on the floor above you? First letters will be fine.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 1:45:54 PM


    First, @ nonconformer: Hundreds and hundreds of Americans use marijuana on a weekly or daily basis, and manage to keep a full-time job, care well for their children, and score high on intelligence tests.

They don't dare let their bosses know, though, do they? Bosses don't appreciate sub-par employees, and any substance abuse issue will produce sub-par performance. Also, how high is "high"? Most of the pot smokers I've conversed with can't even spell, much less be considered intelligent.

    Your post isnt even grammatically correct, so where do you think that puts you, in relation to smokers?

People who take it upon themselves to lecture on grammar, as I do, had best be prepared to strut their own stuff, Amber. You omitted the apostrophe from "isn't." I shall hound you about this remorselessly.

    If you did ANY research, you would find that cannabis is actually being shown to CAUSE new brain cells to form, stop cancer growth, etc.

Uh, no. If it were that effective the whole medical community would be clamouring for its legalization, not just a few maverick physicians and hippie judges. Getting FDA approval would be no sweat. However, it has been shown to cause paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations, bronchitis, and in rare cases, temporary or permanent psychosis; these side effects were cited by the doctors who removed it from the pharmacopoeia in 1942. The much-maligned Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 specifically exempted medicinal use. It was doctors, not politicians, who ended its status as a legitimate medicine.

    about 47% of america's prisoners are NON VIOLENT posession charges, more than any other country.

NO. 49% of American state prisoners are in the slam for violent offences. Property crimes make up about 25%; drug crimes make up 19%, and of that 19%, 16% have previous convictions for violent offences. A typical sentence for simple possession is 30 days in a local jail, not penitentiary time. And you misspelled the word "possession" and did not capitalize "America's."

    You really shouldn't argue on these places if you cant even do the research to back up your opinions.

I did, as I quite capably demonstrated above.

People like you are why the fear of a harmless plant is continued.

No, people like you are the reason pot is still illegal. Obnoxious, mouthy, full of piss and wind, overflowing with bitterness and resentment, and, of course, functionally illiterate. These things are true of almost every pot smoker who has ever admitted his habit on this board. People look at you and say to themselves, "I don't want my kids growing up like this." You bring your cause no credit with such transparent deception, such clumsy blogging, such hateful diatribes, such false preachiness.

    Even if you don't care about the religious rights of others, and even if you are going to argue with the doctors and scientists that are finding 100s of benefits...

List them. Or at least link to a credible source that lists them.

    alcohol causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year, and costs taxpayers countless dollars.

Actually, alcoholics save the system money by crapping out early and saving the cost of social security and years of nursing-home care. Ditto for smokers. The cost of treating their last illness pales in comparison. From a social budgetary perspective, it's best if you keel over before the ink is dry on your retirement slip--if you want to play the money angle.

    Now, don't just say, huh-uh, my teacher said blah, blah, blah.

Given your drubbing above, don't you wish you had spent more time listening to your teacher, and less time majoring in Smoking Area?

    GO DO YOUR RESEARCH, WITH AN OPEN MIND!!!

That's what everybody on the political fringes says: "It's not my fault I'm wandering in a political wilderness; it's the world's fault for not understanding." Sorry, but I can't open my mind enough to mistake lies for truth. That would require opening it at both ends.

I thought you pot advocates were supposed to be all about peace, love, and tolerance. Instead you come across as angry, bitter, jilted. Ain't that always the way--you start out chasing the Age of Aquarius and end up with the milk of magnesia.

And Hugh, if you were the reason this post didn't show up first time, I'd take it kindly if you confirmed the deletion, along with the reason why.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 2:46:47 PM


"and any substance abuse issue will produce sub-par performance"

Prove it.

Good article b Paul.

Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-08-05 5:23:28 PM


Prove it.

You need proof that any alteration from the alert state will affect performance, Cyto? Why don’t you ask for proof that water is wet? In fact, if you’re so confident, why don’t you make a point of flying in airliners whose pilots are on dope? You realize you’re being a hypocrite if you refuse.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-05 7:01:49 PM


The number one reason for not reporting pot-related crimes is that the police don't care. It's also why many thefts, assaults, and examples of police corruption are unreported.

Hell, in Edmonton if you phone to report that they are smoking while DRIVING they don't give a lick: unless they happened to be texting while waiting for a train.

Posted by: FACLC | 2010-08-05 9:46:25 PM


I am concerned they are going to use those prisons to throw you and I in them, the Canadian citizens!

Just as they are doing in the states - they are re-writing laws to the point down there where, you can be thrown in jail for any number of minor offences!
Re: Takin a picture of a Federal Bldg. tourist or not! Obamas' fascist Grid makes money off of crime that his police and military even set up on a patsy!

It turns out that the main reason "Homeland Security", was created, wasn't to keep watch to keep outside terrorists out - it was set up to treat the American people as terrorists!

Now a days citizens' are being treated as the Jewish people were in Germany! We've all bcome Jewish, to our Hitlarian Governments?

Harper's been associating with the thug dictator from Chicago Barry Soetoro aka; Barak Obama and I think the crap is rubbing off!

What do you think?

Look what is going on down there! What about up here in Canada? Look at what they pulled off at the G20!

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Posted by: Btok | 2010-08-06 12:17:28 AM


hey pechio!Nice try stockwell.You can't hide you little bitch.california will save us all,patience my friends"I envy you americans,for you live in the belly of the beast and the outcome of the ultimate battle will be decided by you" Che Guevara HELL YEAH FUCK BRITISH DOMINATION ARNOLD FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: ken | 2010-08-06 4:09:07 AM


Yes, Btok, our prisons would hold Canadian citizens. Except in the case of landed immigrants and visitors, they're really the only kind of citizen we have authorization to imprison. And I have yet to see Stars of David, Scarlet Letters, or tattooed numbers appearing on any American citizens, so so much for your paranoid conspiracy theories.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-06 6:26:00 AM


Amber, Btok, Ken. It seems this thread has gone to the dogs.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-06 6:26:43 AM



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