No surprise, but still…
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it is seeking $200 million to help cities fight violent crime, citing as one of its reasons, the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s decision to give convicted crack cocaine offenders a chance for an earlier release.
Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said that “a sudden influx of criminals from federal prison into your communities could lead to a surge in new victims as a tragic, but predictable, result.”
Of course, there will be no “sudden influx” (release will be spread over many years and they still have to get a judge to agree for each release, which federal prosecutors have already said they will fight).
But the truth doesn’t matter — all that matters is profiting by making people afraid.