David Gornoski starts the hour by reacting to Kanye West’s latest election ad. He is then joined by Craig Cesal who was imprisoned for a nonviolent marijuana offense. Craig takes us through his experience from being imprisoned for a first-time offense–repairing trucks used to transport marijuana–to home confinement. What led to the use of marijuana becoming illegal in the United States? Craig points to history and highlights the astonishingly racist intention behind making marijuana illegal. How has President Trump impacted criminal justice reform as compared to Obama? Craig credits Trump for implementing the First Step Act that has greatly benefited non-violent prisoners. Why is there a correlation between being soft on violent crime and being tough on nonviolent crime? Listen to the full episode for David and Craig’s deconstruction of the media narrative that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are somehow liberators of victims.
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