Freshman Senator Jim Webb, D-Virginia is providing a bold and much needed voice in congress. Jim Webb looks across the country and sees a vast gulag of 2.3 million prisoners. The USA, with 5% of the world’s population houses 25% of its prisoners. Like so many others, the senator finds this a troubling fact. He notes, in Parade Magazine cover story delivered with the last Sunday’s paper across the nation,
- With so many of our citizens in prison compared with the rest of the world, there are only two possibilities: Either we are home to the most evil people on earth or we are doing something different–and vastly counterproductive. Obviously, the answer is the latter.
Senator Webb will energize his convictions with an 18 month Senate investigation of the American Criminal Justice system. His actions appear to have great bi-partisan support.
The American criminal justice system has been bloated and distorted over the past 3 decades by mindless legislation, dishonest drug laws and the drug war itself. Few voices have stood to counter this malignant tide and the result has swamped American justice. Senator Webb’s perceptions and actions come at a critical time when great change can take place.