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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Senate committee is set to vote on a bill that mandates tougher sentences for some convicted drug dealers. Bill author Republican Rep. Greg Steuerwald of Avon said the bill being considered Tuesday would keep the worst drug dealers off the streets for longer periods.

    The measure comes nearly two years after lawmakers passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal code and less than a year after they earmarked $30 million to boost mental health and addiction services.

    Opponents say it’s too early to revisit criminal sentencing since the effects of the overhaul and health program investment cannot yet be measured. Lawyer groups also have opposed the bill, saying it takes power away from judges who are in the best position to decide sentences.

    AP via the Washington Times/Feb. 23, 2016
    Photo: statehousefile
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Reclaimer
    Didn't we just do away with mandatory minimums??
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
  3. hookedonhelping
    I wouldn't doubt that NY tightens up the sentencing guidelines for people selling heroin, or fentanyl and its analogs. Massive number of people dying from fentanyl/heroin mixtures. 27 in a week in some parts of the state and a few months back some guy had a shit load of heroin.

    Not sure if this was posted back in 2015, but here is the story. Happened in upstate New York. These morons cutting heroin with fentanyl are evil. I can't put it any other way. Fentanyl is too potent to obtain a consistent ratio when used as a means of cutting heroin to increase profit margins. Personally, you have to have some balls to even play around with the stuff without a firm background in lab safety. The guy busted lived in a ghetto area of the city of Buffalo, NY, a predominately hispanic part of the city from what sources say.

    Here is the article. https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=272796&highlight=Fentanyl+bust
  4. Booty love
    Longer prison terms for Drug Dealers?
    Its a complete waste of money!!
    Drug Dealers are not criminals and as long as we keep treating them like they are...its just throwing good money after bad.
    The only way to win the war on drugs is to take the 'criminal' element out of it.
    Legalize, regulate and educate
    Just like with marijuana
  5. Alfa
    Any singular approach to drug law sentences is plain out stupid. Tougher sentences are idiotic unless, there also will be relaxed sentences. For example if they want to dissuade fentanyl mixes, then they will need to make a clear difference between heroin and fentanyl dealing sentences. Being tough on both can never have an effect. Dealers are fucked either way.

    It's time that drug sentences are paired up with scientific drug harm, instead of arbitrary laws flowing from uninformed politicians who consider being soft on drugs a political suicide.
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