Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jim Webb

I wasn't sure what I thought of Webb in the fall. But from most accounts he seems to be a politician actually working in pursuit of a goal, politics be damned. He is currently working to change the way we incarcerate in this country. Andrew Sullivan posted this quote from Webb:

"Let's start with a premise that I don't think a lot of Americans are aware of. We have five percent of the world's population; we have 25 percent of the world's known prison population. There are only two possibilities here: either we have the most evil people on earth living in the United States; or we are doing something dramatically wrong in terms of how we approach the issue of criminal justice," - Jim Webb whose criminal justice reform bill has won some encouraging support on the right.
Sullivan also links to an interesting and informative piece by Glenn Greenwald explaining Webb's efforts that morphs into an indictment of the political cowards occupying most of our elected seats.

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