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April 9, 2013 - 8:17 am

Fresh from his unsuccessful attempt to tweet Americans into giving up their firearms, Jim Carrey has joined a group of rappers, musicians, actors and celebrity activists to push President Obama on drug policy. The group sent a letter to the president urging him build on his record of “leadership on issues affecting the unrepresented classes of people in our nation” by easing up on drug offense sentencing and speeding up requests for clemency.

Mr. President, we are a coalition of concerned advocates that is ready to support you in more innovative criminal justice reform and implementing more alternatives to incarceration. As you set in motion research and policy to combat this societal crisis, this coalition is poised to help you make the transition successful. In 2010, the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act was a tremendous step in the right direction, and we appreciate how hard you worked on getting that done. Some of the initial policies we recommend is, under the Fair Sentencing Act, extend to all inmates who were subject to 100-to-1 crack-to-powder disparity a chance to have their sentences reduced to those that are more consistent with the magnitude of the offense. We ask your support for the principles of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, which allows judges to set aside mandatory minimum sentences when they deem appropriate.

We ask that you form a panel to review requests for clemency that come to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.

The group may find Barack Obama open to such changes. But for a few strokes of luck, the admitted cocaine and marijuana user may have found himself requesting a pardon at some point, rather than being elected to a position where he can grant them.

The coalition notes the political impact that President Obama’s intervention might have, near the end of their letter.

Many of those impacted by the prison industrial complex are among your most loyal constituents.

The letter, which was signed by dozens of prominent people including Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Michael Pflegler, Margaret Cho, Mike Tyson, and a bundle of Kardashians, does not mention the president’s own past drug use.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Except, those druggies who leave their sh*t on my beach front in Malibu. Those criminals should do many years in Pelican Bay!
My beach is sacred ground and the State of California should be honored to keep it safe for me and exclude the riff-raff, especially the aforementioned druggies.
PS: Sacramento also HAS to do something about all those nasty seals who dump on my ocean front!!
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I'm one of those wacky Libertarians that believes that the war on drugs has been a total bust. Legalize them and tax them. However, I do find it more than a little funny that a bunch of drug addled "entertainers" are taking up this cause. Basically they want my tax dollars spent for treatment rather than prison. Either way it is still three hot and a cot. I don't want to pay to put a roof over some stoner's head-whether we're talking prison or a treatment facility.
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They are a coalition of racial bigots and whites apologizing for being white. The idea they are anything else is absurd. There is no more concern here for the greater good and larger notions of justice than a cat has recognizing another cat, and a mouse which see the writing on the wall.
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Free the guilty and enslave the free.

Throw open the borders and fence in the faithful.

Run guns to drug cartels and take them from the patriots.

Punish the working and reward the dependents.

Because...freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.

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the "prison industrial complex" was (is?) a favorite talking point of Assata Shakur, Tupac's godmother, BPP & BLA member and convicted murder (and multiple other violent crimes). She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to..... CASTRO'S CUBA! Maybe JayZ and Beyonce said hello.

Nuke Hollywood, nuke it now, annihilation, kill, kill kill (I still love Mars Attacks)
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"Many of those impacted by the prison industrial complex are among your most loyal constituents."

Hence the reason for the push to restoring voting rights to felons.
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