A Grim Anniversary: 20 years ago today possibly the worst single bill ever passed by the US Congress went into law. In the the hysteria over crack cocaine and the death of basketball star Len Bias (not from crack by the way), Tip O’Neill decided to get tough on drugs. In 3 days law left committees and was voted on with no one stopping to think.
The result is long long mandatory minimums for low level drug users and dealers—which far exceed those for murders and rapists— and massive costs for the taxpayer. The consequence has been the general corruption of our entire criminal justice system and civil liberties.