We Did It!
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In a desire to be “tough on crime,” we blindly assigned long, arbitrary terms of imprisonment. This was a mistake.
Without personal engagement, we can’t really know anything substantive about a person and would be wrong to assume anything.
Without a set of clear standards, we have no way to debate who crossed the line, because there is no line.
“Right now, my heart is overjoyed at the support that we’re getting from the community and the involvement that we’re getting. It took us a little while to get here, but now we’re announcing that we are ready to conquer all the concerns that need to be conquered in this area.” — Mary Brown Guillory, on the formation of the state’s first NAACP chapter