"Some federal judges, including conservative judges, have quit in protest of federal drug laws and sentencing guidelines. Face-to-face with those whose lives hang in the balance, they are far closer to the human tragedy occasioned by the drug war than the legislators who write the laws from afar. Judge Lawrence Irving, a Reagan appointee, noted upon his retirement: “If I remain on the bench, I have no choice but to follow the law. I just can’t, in good conscience, continue to do this.” Other judges, such as Judge Jack Weinstein, publicly refused to take any more drug cases, describing “a sense of depression about much of the cruelty I have been a party to in connection with the ‘war on drugs.’” Another Reagan appointee, Judge Stanley Marshall, told a reporter, “I’ve always been considered a fairly harsh sentencer, but it’s killing me that I’m sending so many low-level offenders away all this time.” He made the statement after imposing a five-year sentence on a mother in Washington, D.C., who was convicted of “possession” of crack found by the police in a locked box that her son had hidden in her attic."
— The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-Blindness by Michelle Alexander (via secretcosmos)
(Source: newjimcrow.com, via bluelette)