After seeing yet another Paula Pennypacker rant on Facebook today, it struck me that the math of Kate’s law, which would place all those who re-enter the U.S. after deportation behind bars for 5 years. must be absurd. One minute into my research, I found this in The Atlantic: The Trouble with Kate’s Law. First, the prison population increase:
In July, a group of legislators introduced the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015, popularly known as Kate’s Law. On Wednesday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission estimated that Kate’s Law would expand the federal prison population by over 57,000 prisoners, according to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a nonprofit organization that supporters sentencing reform.
Undocumented immigrants typically serve between 15 to 18 months in prison under the current sentencing laws before deportation, Gill said. O’Reilly’s proposal would boost that average by 300 percent. Housing the Kate’s Law inmates for longer periods of time would cost the U.S. Bureau of Prisons an estimated $2 billion per year, according to FAMM. The bureau’s annual budget request for all of 2015 was $7 billion.
Got that? Two billion a year. Spent differently, that money actually could save lives. Then there”s this:
Despite the public rancor, immigrants are generally less likely to commit crimes than the native population, according to the The Wall Street Journal. Mandatory minimums are generally ineffective at reducing crime or recidivism.
The good news in all this? Apparently, Paula P is so upset at Democrats for not supporting Kate’s law and for supporting Black Lives Matter, she’s left the Democratic Party. Imagine that? I’m no Democratic Party insider these days and I’m way to the party’s left ideologically, but I can’t believe many tears are being shed.
Of course, after coming within a whisker of losing to her in 2014, Republican John Kavanagh was running scared at the prospect of a 2016 rematch, so much so that he was considering a move to a safer district. When I asked him about this earlier in the year, he broke into a cold sweat and had to sit down to collect himself. Well, John, you can breathe easy now.
Unless of course she changes her mind. And her political affiliation. Again.