Neil Sinhababu and Nicholas Beaudrot's political blog
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Good for Washington State. Previous crime waves have caused outbreaks of panic-induced efforts to enact tougher and tougher punishments without any discussion of what those punishments are trying to accomplish. Taking away rights for ex-cons who need to be re-integrated into society doesn't really accomplish anything. But once these laws are passed, no one wants to repeal them, for fear of looking "soft on crime". While crime rates are still to high, the electorate is less focused on the issue, which seems to have opened up some space to do the right thing.