Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“President Obama commutes prison sentences for 46”)

President Obama decided to “take on reform of the prison system” and “commuted the sentences” for 46 “non violent drug offenders,” saying that their punishments didn’t fit the crime. He said that he believed we should be a nation of “second chances.” I realize that when you commit a crime you need to be prepared to “do the time,” however, even I have to admit that there are certain sentences that may have been considered “rather harsh.” I commend the President for having the heart to even review their circumstances, because there are many in the system who are often just “sent off and forgotten.” When you think about it, many of us have made mistakes in our lives (some more serious than others) and we all have done things in our lives that we severely regretted. I am not saying that ALL prisoners need to be given second chances (because we “know” that “some” inmates are definitely beyond reform) but I do like the fact that these particular inmates had their cases reviewed and commuted. Should there be “more” cases under consideration? I think so… It costs money to incarcerate an inmate. They need food, electricity, heat, air and other amenities that taxpayers foot the bill for. I would “love” to see a reformed inmate given a second chance to “make an honest living” and stand on his or her own two feet. Society also needs to “forgive” those who have served their time, because for “many” job applications they “still” do “background checks.” How can anyone get a second chance if they can’t even receive an opportunity due to their past mistakes? Many of us might even turn to crime if we had no other means to make an honest living. Will all of these prisoners with commuted sentence attempt to live a righteous life upon release? Time will tell the answer to that one, but if the heart of a prisoner can change for the better then I would hate to see that sentiment wasted. A lot of people who committed foolish crimes did so while they were “young and stupid.” As we grow, we don’t always keep that same mentality. There is hope, and with hope there’s a chance for “reform.” We can’t let them ALL out, but I like what just happened. Maybe there “is” hope after all… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer…

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