Bipartisan Collaboration on Minimum Sentencing Laws for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

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senateEarlier, we shared information with you about Attorney General Eric Holder’s efforts to reform drug laws. The issues most in contention are mandatory minimum sentencing laws currently on the books that senselessly cost too much in terms of taxpayer dollars and precious time lost.

Now the Democrat Attorney General is getting support from unlikely sources: Libertarian Republicans. In fact, recent news includes information about a bill backed by Tea Party standout Senator Rand Paul (R – KY). Senator Paul isn’t alone, as other Republicans have shown support in both the House and Senate.

Wait, what? Democrats and Republicans working together for the betterment of society rather than fighting with each other over specialized agendas? Incredible!

A critical eye of past political stances would see direct opposition for many of these issues. This rare form of collaboration and agreement seeks to reduce minimum sentencing laws and put more power in the hands of judges to make decisions on individual levels. Are there cases where predatory people should be punished more? Probably. Are there cases where people should be given a second chance? Absolutely. The reasons for agreeing on this issue might be different, but hopefully those differences won’t stand in the way of reform.

It is refreshing to see officials working together on something that can save money and give more people an opportunity to hopefully receive treatment for their drug problems, rather than becoming an institutionalized criminal in our nation’s prison system for years.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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