Prison (or the threat of prison) is supposed to be a deterrent to criminal activity. In reality, prison is often just a temporary holding ground through which an endless parade of the convicted is constantly rotated.
You have a drug problem. To support your habit, maybe you deal a little to your friends -- or maybe you carried a few packages between your dealer and someone else. Whatever happened, you got caught.
The cost of the average fix has been going up considerably, lately.
You value your friends and loyalty, so when you found out that investigators were nosing around your buddy's business and looking for evidence of illegal activity, you tipped your buddy off. Your buddy responded by destroying their computer, setting fire to their financial records and trying to run. Then, the police arrested you for federal obstruction of justice.
Nobody wants to live in a crime-infested neighborhood -- but it's important not to take away people's civil liberties and their right to due process in the name of safety.
Florida has been undergoing something of a reformation, at least where its criminal justice system is concerned. Legislative changes have -- for the first time -- reversed the tough-as-nails approach to all drug offenses that the state adopted in the wake of the War on Drugs back in the 1990s. Now, judges will finally have some discretionary power when it comes time to sentence at least some first-time drug offenders.
The COVID-19 virus has been making a lot of headlines around the nation. People are naturally concerned about how to stay safe.
Maybe you share your drugs with a friend who just had a back injury. Maybe you sold a few pills because you just needed to make the bills. Maybe you're just dealing enough to support your own habit. You're careful about who knows what you're doing, and you never engage in the kind of high-quantity deals that attract major investigations.
The federal government has moved to seize $1.6 million in assets from a doctor accused of operating a pill mill that operated in Tennessee and Kentucky. The curious thing about this is that the doctor has yet to be formally charged.
There have been a lot of changes under Florida's laws to the way that people are prosecuted and sentenced for drug crimes. However, there are hundreds of prisoners doing time for drug offenses under the old laws.