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Four drug sweeps that targeted Albany neighborhoods in the last six years unfairly sent young black men to prison for a third of their lives, according to the latest report from the Center for Law and Justice, Inc. At a Tuesday morning news conference, Center Executive Director Alice Green presented findings from the report, titled “What Have We Done? Mass Incarceration and the Targeting of Albany’s Black Males by Federal, State and Local Authorities.” The ...


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wmarincic
October 17, 2012
6:29 a.m.

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And those nice young boys are responsible for violence against innocent people. They are gang members not church members. There are more blacks going to jail for drugs because that is who the dealers are.... Yes there are some white dealers but they are mostly users. The police go to the highest probability of arrest and unfortunately that is Arbor Hill and The South End.

Those nice gang memberes were responsible for the suicides of 6 young girls in Schenectady and multiple shootings. Maybe you need to mentor these nice boys Alice and they wont be out there selling drugs and shooting people.

stickyg
October 17, 2012
8:27 a.m.

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Just an ignorant article. The reporter must be black.

Will1960
October 18, 2012
6:26 a.m.

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Wmarincic,

Yoy have no facts to back up you claims that drug dealers mostly are black and users are white and you are absolutely wrong about linking violent crime with your assertions. These defendnets were convicted of non-violent crime with RICO charges added on to stack up the penalties. It's not your ox that being gored here. When the government targets one segment of society that happens to have the least power and influence while totally ignoring the majority of drug users that do have power and influence, it creates a disparity that is harmful to society.

You mention Schenectady which has nothing to do with this report. Try to stick to the parameters of the story and offer some stats to back up your statements. The reality is these folks are the lowest hanging fruit. That's why they are easy pickings for law enforcement. When you have blacks using 13% of the drugs and they account for 74% of those in prison for drugs, racism can't have anything to do with that injustice, could it? This report is backed up and documented at www.sentencingporject.org.

Will1960
October 18, 2012
6:26 a.m.

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Wmarincic,

Yoy have no facts to back up you claims that drug dealers mostly are black and users are white and you are absolutely wrong about linking violent crime with your assertions. These defendnets were convicted of non-violent crime with RICO charges added on to stack up the penalties. It's not your ox that being gored here. When the government targets one segment of society that happens to have the least power and influence while totally ignoring the majority of drug users that do have power and influence, it creates a disparity that is harmful to society.

You mention Schenectady which has nothing to do with this report. Try to stick to the parameters of the story and offer some stats to back up your statements. The reality is these folks are the lowest hanging fruit. That's why they are easy pickings for law enforcement. When you have blacks using 13% of the drugs and they account for 74% of those in prison for drugs, racism can't have anything to do with that injustice, could it? This report is backed up and documented at www.sentencingporject.org.

Will1960
October 18, 2012
6:28 a.m.

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Wmarincic,

Yoy have no facts to back up you claims that drug dealers mostly are black and users are white and you are absolutely wrong about linking violent crime with your assertions. These defendnets were convicted of non-violent crime with RICO charges added on to stack up the penalties. It's not your ox that's being gored here. When the government targets one segment of society that happens to have the least power and influence while totally ignoring the majority of drug users that do have power and influence, it creates a disparity that is harmful to society.

You mention Schenectady which has nothing to do with this report. Try to stick to the parameters of the story and offer some stats to back up your statements. The reality is these folks are the lowest hanging fruit. That's why they are easy pickings for law enforcement. When you have blacks using 13% of the drugs and they account for 74% of those in prison for drugs, racism can't have anything to do with that injustice, could it? This report is backed up and documented at www.sentencingporject.org.

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