Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tennessee, Do the Right Thing and Reform Your Harmful Drug-Free-School-Zone Laws

Punishing people with a sentencing enhancement clearly intended for people who do something far worse is, by definition, a miscarriage of Justice

by Katherine Timpf, National Review, March 9, 2020 -Tennessee legislators are currently considering a bill that would ease the state’s drug-free-school-zone laws — and passing it would be a huge step toward a more just government.

According to a piece in Reason, the bill, which was sponsored by Republican state representative Michael Curcio, advanced in the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. It would reduce the size of the zones (from 1,000 feet to 500 feet from any school, park, library, or day care) and also do away with the mandatory-minimum sentencing requirements, allowing judges to use their discretion when punishing offenders. (read more)

Rod's Comment: I agree.

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