Beginning last Friday the largest mass release of prisoners in American history began. Of the total of 6,122 prisoners to be released into their communities, 1,764 are non-citizens who will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation (at least that’s what we are being told). This is all part of the federal government’s retroactive sentencing reductions for nonviolent drug offenders program, put into place because of the perception that our drug laws target African-Americans. Eventually about 50,000 prisoners may receive sentence reduction and early release. The federal sentencing reductions officially went into effect Friday.
Also last week a Long Island fisherman who happens to be Caucasian, Anthony Joseph (shown above) was sentenced to 7 months prison, a $603,000 fine and 3 years of supervised released following his incarceration for overfishing fluke and lying to the government about it–a crime, however IMHO a minor one compared to the ones committed by the convicts freed and the ones to be freed.
Judicial Watch reports
It’s part of the administration’s criminal justice reform movement to reduce jail time as a way of ending racial discrimination and enforce the overreaching federal regulations of a bloated government. Back in 2010 President Obama signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders. This severely weakened a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.
Federal prosecutors have warned that drug trafficking is inherently violent and therefore the phrase “non-violent drug offenders” is a misnomer. The nation’s prosecutors also caution that reducing prison sentences for drug offenders will weaken their ability to bring dangerous drug traffickers to justice.
But if Justice is supposed to be fair, then Anthony Joseph, a working stiff from Levittown, N.Y. would not be facing a jail term for trying to feed his family. Yes he broke the law, but in the scheme of things it was a minor offense compared to the 50,000 drug criminals.
The feds actually went after a commercial fisherman named Anthony Jospeh for“Fisheries Fraud” because he caught too many fluke. Then, he lied about it to the government—“systematically underreporting fluke”—and that got him in a boatload of trouble.
Last week the New York fisherman got sentenced to seven months in prison, a $603,000 fine and three years of supervised release following incarceration, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement. This overfishing business is serious stuff, according to the language in the federal document. “In order to cover up the illegal fluke harvesting, Joseph falsified” the reports he sent to the government agency that regulates fishing and “he also utilized the exempted fisheries permit quota that was acquired through” a federal program as a “mask for his fluke overages.”
As Judicial Watch concludes putting Anthony in Jail is a miscarriage of justice when compared to the freed drug convicts, “Is it possible that the country is safer because a fish fraudster is in jail…while drug convicts roam freely?