Linnemann Quoted in Washington Post Article on Prosecution of Nonviolent Drug Offenders
In relation to his forthcoming book with New York University Press, Travis Linnemann discusses the draconian punishments of the drug war, particularly for those associated with the drug methamphetamine.
From the article, "Linnemann points out that he observed all kinds of unhelpful anti-drug strategies in his time in Kansas. “They punished meth users disproportionate to how they treat cocaine users,” he says. “In the 2015 Kansas sentencing guidelines, depending on criminal history, a person convicted of possession of one gram of meth would face anywhere from 14 months to 51 months in prison. On hundred grams of methamphetamine — roughly equal to ¾ cups of flour — would face a sentencing range of 138 to 204 months in prison. By comparison, it would take 10 times that amount of cocaine to equal the same sentence and 300 times as much marijuana.”
Published on December 02, 2016