I
recently had dinner with my dear friend, Russell Simmons in NYC, and we
got into an in depth conversation about something that I didn’t know a
whole lot about. He told me about how, a couple weeks ago, he
was standing side by side with Governor David Paterson of New York
when, with one stroke of a pen, he ended the Rockefeller Drug Laws once
and for all. For the past seven years, Russell has been a
leading member of a campaign to end the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which
started mandatory minimum sentences in 1973 (meaning that if you get
busted for drugs, you get automatic sentencing, even if you’re an
addict or are non-violent). I learned during our conversation
that since the “War on Drugs” began in the 70’s, America has gone from
incarcerating 200,000 people to 2.4 million this year.  When he told me that, I was shocked!! How did we get to this point where so many people are in prison? I
am not an expert in this area, and honestly, I have never really paid attention to
this issue in the past, but it doesn’t seem like we are on the right
path. I wonder why we put so many people in prison and treat so many drug users like criminals? Surely the best thing to do would be to get help for those who need it, instead of ignoring the problem and throwing them in jail, to take up spaces that should be filled with criminals… not addicts. A lot of people need support and treatment, and to be treated like individuals who need help, not criminals who need to be locked away in a cell. This is an issue that affects our whole nation, not just New York, so, I asked Russell how I could help. 

 

With
the success of the Rockefeller Drug Law campaign, he was recently
approached by the White House and the US Attorney General to support
them in a major initiative to reform the criminal justice system
nationwide.  He asked me if I would join him on this journey.  I
was humbled since I definitely need to learn more, but I will count on
Russell to teach me more and I am ready to dive into this issue and
speak to anyone who is willing to listen.  And I know that if our generation decides that something needs to be changed, we will make that change.

What do you guys thing about this issue? It’s one I haven’t brought up before, but I’m sure you guys have some thoughts, and I’d love to hear them!

kim

Comments (99)

  1. fulllovegirl218  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    She is so tall and sexy.I know a place you can date with such girls.
    *** Seekingtall.com *** which I have joined.­ I think it is interesting and you will like it.

  2. OctobersLibra  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    Good morning Kim!!!! I don’t know anything about this subject but, I will say I’m proud of you for posting something other than clubbing, shopping and posing for the camera. There are so many other sides to Libra’s besides (self) and a good time all the time….I think posting issues like this every now and then shows people another side of you…..Luv it!!!

  3. julia123  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    I think the more important issue is to promote non-drug use than to try and get addicts out of jail. Most of the time addicts committ crimes to get the durgs, so trying to reduce drug use in the first place is a better route in my opinion.

  4. jovan  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    This is really great that you have even considered being involved. Crime and how people are punished in America are such crucial and sensitive issues.

    I’d like for you to post more on this and other causes you support.

    xoxo jovan!

  5. susamina  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    The major flaw with the laws is not that they put addicts in jail (it prosecutes dealers as well), it’s that they are view as incredibly harsh. It’s a non-violent crime and they’re put in jail for the same amount of minimum time as second-degree murderer.

  6. Doreen  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    I applaude what you are trying to do..bottom line is when an addict needs help they will get it. I am speaking first hand since my husband is an addict. Jail/prison is probably the only solution for him..since his addiction has lead him to commit crimes.

  7. susamina  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    Basically a lot of people viewed the laws as racist as they were so excessive- they believed the punishment didn’t fit the crime basically and the sentencing was automatic. I’m glad laws were repealed because they’re so harsh but we should continue to…

  8. susamina  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    …we should continue to keep drugs off the streets but 15 year MINIMUM sentence is ridiculous and unfair- plus crowding our jails and draining money keeping those prisoners when it could be put to better use educating kids about drugs and helping addicts!

  9. mrs.farrow  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    Yea this is getin serious sum prisioners r bein released guilty in northern cali!I have seen ur butt measerments has gone 2 a 39 to 40 my butts lil big but I want it to be 2inches bigger how did ur butt gain a in. Plzz help kim!!!

  10. roxana  |   Posted on May 5th, 2009

    Of course u didn’t writte all of this. Kim we know u!!!! the only thing u have in ur ming is SHOPPING, partying and making sex videos.

    Change ur name from Dash Dolls to TRASH DOLLS

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