The sound of a broken record

Back in vinyl’s heyday, a badly scratched or broken record would always kick the needle back and replay the same segment of the song, over and over again.

News and opinion pieces about draconian mandatory prison sentences for drug convictions are now so universally consistent that they all sound like a broken record. What is being replayed, over and over again, is the tragedy of far too many men and women sent to prison for far too long.

Prosecutors Draw Fire for Sentences Called Harsh” appeared this evening on the website of  The New York Times.

It is a story I have heard too many times already in conversations with too many prisoners.

But I recommend that you read it.

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