How Conservatives Learned to Love Prison Reform

How Conservatives Learned to Love Prison Reform

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Police: At least seven inmates in Florida have used forged

At least seven inmates in Florida have used forged documents in attempts to escape from prison, including two killers who were mistakenly freed because of the paperwork, authorities said Tuesday


Police: At least seven inmates in Florida have used forged

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JPMorgan to pay $5.1 billion to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac over mortgages

‘…JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $5.1 billion to resolve claims that it misled  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky home loans and mortgage securities it  sold them before the housing market collapsed..

‘but then

‘..But no high-level Wall Street executives have been sent to  jail over charges related to the financial crisis. And the banks in all the SEC  cases were allowed to neither admit nor deny wrongdoing — a practice that  brought criticism of the agency from judges and investor advocates. That has  triggered public outrage. Some lawmakers and other critics demanded..’


JPMorgan to pay $5.1 billion to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac over mortgages

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High court test of surveillance law could be ahead

About time.

In a court filing Friday, the government said it intends to offer into evidence in Muhtorov’s case “information obtained or derived from acquisition of foreign intelligence information conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.”

Last February, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that a group of American lawyers, journalists and organizations could not sue to challenge the 2008 expansion of the law. The court those who sued could not show that the government would monitor their communications along with those of potential foreign terrorist and intelligence targets.

Last month, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had ruled with the majority in the earlier 5-4 decision, said the courts ultimately would have to determine the legality of the NSA surveillance program


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Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs: Study

Talk about taking the cost emphasis out of prison reform. Makes ya wonder just how many hands were in the pie that wrote the Affordable Care Act.

I talked to one congressman in office at the time and he said there was no way to know what was in the act they were voting on.  Nancy Pelosi when asked if she knew what was in the act said no but we will vote to pass it and find out what is in it.

‘…The report examined four ways that states respond to increasing costs. The methods include telehealth, which uses video conferencing between an off-site doctor and a prisoner; outsourcing care; granting elderly or infirm inmates early parole; and expanding Medicaid coverage….’

and then there is this:

“By definition, those state prisoners in state facilities are the obligation of the state and that obligation should not be transferred to the federal government … I think most people would come down on the side that Medicaid was never intended to pay for the medical care of people in state custody,” Smith said. “It’s a very significant issue for the federal budget and Congress better close that loophole quickly.”

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs: Study



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Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long

This is good case in point on the cold hearted bottom line taking precedent.

Routine use of antibiotics makes some bacteria stronger and resistant to treatment. When those hardier bugs infect a person, antibiotics might no longer work. Last month, federal officials quantified that danger: At least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which said that’s a conservative figure. That’s why smart doctors resist prescribing antibiotics for every minor ailment.

then there is the dollars

The agriculture industry maintains that the connection is murky between antibiotic use in animals and drug resistance in people. On the other side of the debate is a long list of scientists, public health officials and veterinarians whose views carry more sense and less self-interest. In 2011 alone, 1.9 million pounds of penicillins and 12.3 million pounds of tetracyclines were sold for use in food animals. It’s hard to believe that wouldn’t have an effect.

and this the power of excessive profits in a democratic society

But neither Congress nor the FDA has acted to curtail the broad dangers. The well-financed agriculture industry has won most rounds. And regulators have dragged their feet.

Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long

Now we have some numbers to hand our hat on”

‘..FEW BLESSINGS of modern science are entirely unmixed, and so it is with the development of powerful synthetic or semi-synthetic opioid analgesics — painkillers such as fentanyl and hydrocodone. Prescribed by the tens of millions in recent years for their power to relieve otherwise crippling pain in the victims of disease and injury, these pills have turned into a $7.3 billion-per-year business. Yet they also pose a major public health risk because of their ready availability and addictiveness to many patients…’

FDA seeks to curb abuse of prescription painkillers

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FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

You have to ask yourself just who makes money off of the most extensively prescribed pain killer in the nation. The when you look at the profit margin from this drug as a class III drug and the easy access to it, you will have the reason why it is so available.

Now you see who wants it: ‘… The move comes more than a decade after the Drug Enforcement Administration first asked the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone so that it would be subject to the same restrictions as other addictive painkilling drugs. The FDA did not issue a formal announcement about its decision, which has long been sought by many patient advocates, doctors and state and federal lawmakers…’

and in the same article

“The FDA’s reported decision will likely pose significant hardships for many patients and delay relief for vulnerable patients with legitimate chronic pain, especially those in nursing home and long-term care,” said Kevin Schweers, a spokesman for the National Community Pharmacists Association.’




FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

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