Criminal Justice Reform as The Main Issue for a Presidential run

I was very disturbed by the sentence imposed on Paul Manafort. 7 years in total for all the crimes he committed, even though the guidelines indicate that the sentence could be lengthened for another 10 years. I am not implying anything beyond the sentence for Manafort. Regardless of your political view, just put that aside and think about what he did to enrich himself at the expense of the country and what the law stands for. Would you still think the sentence was justified? Especially when there is no lack of cases when folks got longer sentences for “crimes” far less?

Or this case: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/30/us/detroit-man-wrongfully-excused-of-murder-released-trnd/index.html. You probably will find more examples on the failures of America’s criminal justice systems, but you should get my point. There are so many, especially the poor and the under-privileged, that have to suffer from the inadequacy of the criminal justice system.

I strongly believe that we only live once. The limited years we have on this year are so precious that reading about folks spending years behind bars for trivial crimes or even crimes they didn’t commit really bugs me.

I am not a policy person or a politician. I don’t have an answer or a policy outlined in details, but to be frank, it’s not my job. The folks in Washington DC have the experience and an army of aides with relevant knowledge and experience to do the job. I would love to see criminal justice reforms as the central issue for the 2020 race. I hope that next year, a candidate, regardless of political parties, will run on this issue and one day no one will have to waste their lives unjustly. I hope that a candidate will actually put the interests of the whole country above all else. Even if the person doesn’t succeed, running on criminal justice reforms will bring so much more attention and conversation to the issue and who knows what that would be able to do later on?

I have written about my fondness of the show Madam Secretary before, but in this clip, the Secretary decided against the appeal of popular like jobs and her advisor’s recommendation so that she would run on criminal justice reforms. Let’s make it true America. Please.

Madam Secretary

I have been following the show “Madam Secretary” for some time now. It doesn’t garner much attention as other shows, but for me personally it is a great show due to two main reasons

The dynamic between Madam Secretary and her husband

The way the married couple assist and rely on each other through every issue is remarkable and a thing of beauty. Whether it is a controversial issue, a confidential top-secret project or a family problem, the two characters always have each other back and figure out a way to defuse the situation at hand. Call me idealistic, but they paint the perfect picture of how couples and parents manage family and marital affairs. It screams maturity, compassion, love and understanding

Take on current subjects

This is a bigger reason in my book. Throughout its episodes, the show discusses issues that are very related to what we have in our life. Freedom of speech, difficult diplomatic issues in hot zones around the world, mine fields, the nuclear weapons, environmental threats, refugees…All come out with the vibe of positivity and a thing or two to learn from resourcefulness, collaboration and communication.

One of my favorite episodes featured one journalist having unrestricted access to the Secretary for a few days to write a profile on her. Even though the journalist has some prejudice with him and he disagrees with a foreign policy, the secretary didn’t stop him from writing what he wanted to. He eventually wrote a piece that was less than favorable, but at least “you gave both sides” – the secretary said.

Another episode is the one that was aired tonight. The speech in the end on hatred and nationalism is excellent and at the time of divisiveness and confusion right now, it is a kind of speeches that should be listened to by a far greater number of folks. I included a recording I made from my computer. The quality is not good but the audio is what matters.