Politicians in Maryland can’t resist “get tough” laws

The Baltimore Sun has a great op-ed piece here about the Maryland Legislature and how it refuses to go “soft” on nonviolent drug offenders. Ronald Fraser writes the following:

During the recent session of the Maryland General Assembly, the House of Delegates rejected a bill that would have given courtroom judges greater sentencing leeway for first-time, nonviolent drug law offenders – including drug treatment programs rather than prison. The bill, sponsored by Del. Curtis S. Anderson of Baltimore, would have been a step in the right direction, but it was defeated for the usual reason: politicians’ fear of being labeled “soft on crime.”

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